Ceviche with an Asian Flair

Winnie Abramson, ND

By Winnie Abramson, ND

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Ceviche (also known as seviche and cebiche) is a dish made by marinating fish and/or seafood in an acidic liquid which “denatures” the protein. Because you are able to “cook” the fish without any heat, ceviche is a great meal to make in the summer.

swordfish ceviche

You can make ceviche with any firm white fleshed fish or seafood…you’ll want to use very fresh fish, and it’s best to use fish that is low in mercury and sustainably harvested whenever possible.

I’ve used swordfish here because I developed this recipe for a swordfish contest over at food52, but next time I make it (which will definitely be soon), I plan to use one of the more sustainably harvested fish/seafood such as halibut, tuna, scallops, shrimp, or squid. I might also try it with wild salmon.


Ceviche almost always features Latin American flavors, but here I changed things up a bit by adding a few Asian ingredients…feel free to leave out the rice vinegar, fish sauce, brown sugar and red pepper flakes if you prefer a more classic ceviche.

Serve on its own as a light meal or snack, enjoy over cooked brown rice, quinoa, or amaranth, or eat with all natural chips.

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Asian Inspired Ceviche

Serves 4-6


  • * 1 pound wild swordfish steaks sustainably harvested, if possible, rinsed, dried and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • * 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • * 1 large tomato diced
  • * 1 cup cucumber diced (I used homegrown kirby cucumber)
  • * 1 shallot peeled and minced
  • * 1 Serrano chile pepper minced (you could use two if you want it to be quite spicy)
  • * 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • * 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • * 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • * 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • * 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • * pinch of red pepper flakes plus more to taste


  • 1. Place fish pieces and lime juice in a covered plastic or glass container in the refrigerator. Allow to marinate overnight (or for at least 8 hours), stirring several times, if necessary, to make sure all of the fish is covered.
  • 2. When fish turns white/opaque, drain off and discard the marinade. Combine the fish with the tomato, cucumber, shallot, chile pepper, cilantro and olive oil in a medium bowl.
  • 3. Whisk rice vinegar with fish sauce and brown sugar and pour over the fish. Add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes. Mix well and chill for 1-2 more hours before serving, garnished with a bit more red pepper flakes, if desired.

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