Simply Healthy Family: Puerto Penasco Ceviche


Puerto Penasco Ceviche

This is the best ceviche I've ever had. My dad has a house in Las Conchas Mexico that our family loves spending time at. Of course my favorite part is sitting on the beach and eating fresh seafood. My husband and I like to go down to Puerto Penasco to the warf and pick up fresh shrimp and fish to grill while we're there. The little taco stands along the beach serve up some wonderful ceviche, my favorite! They serve theirs with saltine crackers and plenty of ice cold cerveza, Mmmmmmm! I like to use tortilla chips to scoop up my ceviche, probly because I can get more into my mouth at a time!

My friend Lia made some ceviche  for us a long time ago and it was amazing!  I have played around with the ingredients to come up with what I think is the best ceviche recipe ever. 

A couple of tips I've learned when making ceviche:
1. Blanch your seafood quickly in salted, boiling water.  The citric acid in the limes cooks the fish so you would never know you were eating raw fish in fact, it is not raw. The longer you let the fish marinate, it will start to break down and get mushy, this is why I blanch mine in boiling water, it helps cook it a bit without having to sit in the citrus for to long. Does that make sense? ;-/
2. Even though you don't want to let the fish sit in the lime juice by itself for more than a couple of hours, ceviche tasted great the next day when all the other ingredients have had some time to get to know each other!

You Will Need:
Serves  6-8    TIME  2 hours

2  pieces fresh Mahi Mahi (or other firm white fish)
1  pound seafood mix; scallops, calamari and shrimp  (I get mine at Trader Joe's  )
6 limes, juiced
1 bunch cilantro
3 cups tomato juice cocktail {look for one that does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup!}
1 medium seedless cucumber
1 medium red onion, diced
1-2 fresh jalepenos, veins removed & diced
3 firm, ripe avacado
2 teaspoons red chili salt
1 tabelspoon sea salt for boiling water
Tortilla chips

Putting it all together:

Boil water in a large stock pot, add sea salt. Chop thawed Mahi Mahi into small bite sized pieces. Add fish and seafood mix to stock pot. You want to blanch the seafood for only 30 seconds, NO MORE.  Drain seafood in collander. Spread fish and seafood mix in a deep baking dish, Cover with lime juice and cover with foil.  Place in refridgerator for about 1-2 hours. The longer you let the fish "cook" in the citric acid, the mushier they will get.   Chop cucumber, avacado and onion into small pieces. Chop cilantro. Remove marinated seafood mix from fridge and combine all ingredients except tortillas. Chill at least 1 hour. Serve chilled with tortilla chips. 

This post is linked to Cookin Canuck ~ Wake up with California Avocado



  1. I always love a good ceviche. Don't think I've ever had octopus ceviche though. Sounds good.

  2. I just love ceviche...and this recipe looks like it knocks mine out of the water! I appreciated your tip about blanching the fish...a great idea. And it sounds like your dad's house in Mexico is perfect...what a wonderful way to spend time with family

  3. This looks divine. I've never considered making ceviche at home before--it's always been something I eat out. I'm also used to scallop or shrimp-only ceviche. Do you think the mix of seafood improves the flavor/complexity of the dish?

  4. Las Conchas greenie. I love my Puerto Penasco and your recipe looks pretty authentic yum yum.

  5. Scott, I ment to say calamari but octopus would work as well. I absolutley love the texture & taste it adds and wouldn't eat it any other way! Of course if you don't like the "chewiness" of calamari/squid/octopus then it might not work for you.
    I get a pre-mixed bag of shrimp, scallops & calamari from Trader Joe's for pretty cheap.
    Let me know if you try it!

  6. Monet, thank you! ;-) I'm sure your ceviche is wonderful! ;-) You can pretty much add whatever fish you like. I know not many recipes here in the U.S. (gringo ;-) call for calamari or cuk & avacado but I've been spoled by good Mexican food all my life living here in Az. ;-)

  7. Baking Barrister, you must try it this way! I've had ceviche so many times and it was just o.k. I think this recipe is amazing! ;-) I highly recomend using mas mariscos (more seafood) ;-)
    let me know if you try it!

  8. Kevin, haahaa! Muchas gracias!

  9. Heatherstaggs_283/02/2012

    are you adding tomato juice to it or something? I dont see any ingredients in here that would make the tomato base that it looks like it has and that I've normally had in ceviche. Am I missing something? Help.

  10. Heatherstaggs_283/02/2012

    nevermind......I see where I missed an ingredient....thanks for recipe!!! I'm going to make it for us today!!!!!!!!!


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