• 1 pound “sashimi-quality” skinless meaty ocean fish fillet (halibut, snapper and bass are great choices) or de-shelled raw shrimp, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • About 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 small white onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • Hot green chiles to taste (roughly 2 or 3 serranos or 1 large jalapeño), stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup green olives, preferably manzanillos
  • 1 large (about 10-ounces) ripe tomato, cored, seeded (if you wish) and cut into 1/4-inch pieces OR 1/4 cup (lightly packed, about 1 ounce) soft sun-dried tomatoes, chopped into 1/8-inch pieces
  • 1/4 small jicama, peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (optional, but suggested if using sun-dried tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup (loosely packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
  • sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • About 16 ounces of sturdy tortilla chips or 3- to 4-inch tostadas or chips, for serving


“Cook” the fish in the lime juice. In a large stainless steel or glass bowl, combine the fish, lime juice and onion. The fish should float freely in the juice; if not, add a little more. Cover and refrigerate until the fish is as “done” as you like: An hour or so for medium-rare, 3 to 4 hours for “cooked” all the way through. Tip off the lime juice—sad to say that it’s fishy tasting at this point and can’t be easily used for any other preparation.

Flavor the ceviche. In a mini food processor, process the green chile and olives until finely chopped (or finely chopped by hand). Add to the fish along with the tomato, optional jícama, cilantro and olive oil. Stir well, then season with salt (usually about a scant teaspoon) and sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve—preferably no longer than an hour or two.

Working Ahead: The fish can be marinated in lime and completely drained (even if you’re going to add back some of the juice) early in the day you’re going to serve; cover tightly and refrigerate. All the vegetables and the cilantro can be prepped, mixed, covered and refrigerated early in the day, too. Mix and season the ceviche within two hours of serving; keep it refrigerated until the last moment.

For additional marinade (Tiger’s Milk) ideas try these excerpted from Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Lomo Saltado, Anticuchos, Tiraditos, Alfajores, and Pisco Cocktails Hardcover – May 27, 2014 by Martin Morales (Author)  tigers milk recipe from ceviche