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Peruvian Ceviche

Peruvian Ceviche (the National Dish of Peru)

Did you know that Peru has an annual Ceviche Day each June 28th?  Make this and see why!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Peruvian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
marinade 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 188kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 1 lb sea bass or other white fish cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 quart water chilled
  • 1 red onion sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 1 aji amarillo seeds removed and diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, fresh
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro chopped finely
  • 1 sweet potato cut into slices
  • lettuce leaves for serving
  • corn kernels, toasted large
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place water into a pot on the stove to boil.  Add in the sweet potato and cook until fork tender (or they can be grilled)
  • Place fish in a non-reactive bowl and add 3 cups of chilled water to the fish and rinse gently.  Drain water.
  • Add onions to soak in remaining 1 cup of chilled water and set aside.
  • Place aji, garlic, and pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle  Grind to make a paste.
  • Combine fish, lime and lemon juices, aji and garlic paste, salt and pepper and cilantro.  Let marinade for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile toast the corn kernels on the stove in a tablespoon of oil.  They will pop slightly when they are toasted.  Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil and add salt to taste.
  • On a platter, place the lettuce leaves on the bottom, top with the ceviche,(reserve the marinade) add on the onion slices and serve with the sweet potatoes and corn kernels. 
  • Serve the marinade in a shot glass along with the ceviche, in Peru it is called leche de Tigre and is believed to be an aphrodisiac and a hangover cure.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4715IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.2mg