Seafood Ceviche and Becoming a Better Cook

To lighten up entertaining in the winter, I love to make a summer Seafood Ceviche for a party! It’s a fresh, healthy appetizer that everyone loves!

Seafood Ceviche

Friends, even in the winter months, I’m looking to add a bit of freshness to a dinner party. This is what I love about this Seafood Ceviche appetizer, which includes 3 kinds of seafood.

Inspired by my friend Judy’s Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, I so remember how everyone raved over this healthy appetizer that she brought to our party.

Seafood Ceviche

Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in the coastal regions of Latin America. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, and spiced with chili peppers, but sometimes the fish is lightly cooked.

Seafood Ceviche

This time, using three different kinds of seafood, I lightly cooked the fish and mixed together these fresh ingredients, and then placed them in different sized half-pint canning jars. (Use what you have!)

Seafood Ceviche

But don’t worry, if you only want to use 2 types of seafood, that’s okay, too! One thing I’ve learned over the years is how to substitute foods.

Most common cooking mistakes

I loved this article I found over at Cooking Light (The Most Common Cooking Mistakes), and the 3 tips that have helped me be a better cook!

~Your palate is the control factor: Be willing to taste the foods you are making before you serve it!

~Read the entire recipe ahead of time: A wise cook approaches each recipe with a critical eye, and reads the recipe well before it’s time to cook.

~Learn how to substitute foods: Don’t lose the soul of the dish. Know what foods work well with others, and really know your stuff if you substitute anything with baking! That’s dicey!

Seafood Ceviche

So, fresh and healthy, enjoy this recipe today, and make it for a side salad or an appetizer!

It’s a great potluck dish, too (if you prepare in small canning jars ahead of time).

What have been some of your biggest cooking mistakes?

Seafood Ceviche

Lighten up entertaining with this fresh, healthy appetizer or salad: Seafood Ceviche
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Seafood Ceviche

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 10 -12 half-pint servings


  • 1 pound bay shrimp rinsed
  • 1 pound tilapia or cod baked and shredded
  • 1/2 pound mini scallops cooked
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper optional
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup corn kernels about 3-4 cobs, blanched or canned corn
  • 2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños one finely chopped, one finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup black olives chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 lime for garnish


  • Place the three types of seafood in a large mixing bowl.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cayenne pepper; add the lime juice and mix well.
  • Add the corn, tomatoes, cilantro, chopped jalapeños and black olives, gently mixing together.
  • Finish by drizzling olive oil on the mixture, then cover and refrigerate.
  • Serve in small dishes or half-pint canning jars. Garnish with lime and the jalapeño slices.

Lighten up entertaining with this fresh, healthy appetizer or salad: Seafood Ceviche

More great recipes:

My friend, Elise’s Ceviche {Simply Recipes}

Ceviche “Carpaccio Style” {A Spicy Perspective}

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail {Reluctant Entertainer}

6 comments on “Seafood Ceviche and Becoming a Better Cook”

  1. yes quick question can we use octopus or calamari I bought octopus crab and shrimp and thought that I would try that is a combination what do you think

  2. I love Ceviche. My mistake is allowing the lime juice to marinate to long b4 serving. What is the minimum/maximum times? Can I use calamari? Is there different times of marinating per seafood?

  3. Looks good! Cooking mistaks… much time do you have? Just kidding…gosh, I know there have been plenty, but nothing is coming to mind at the moment. I am not one for “experimenting” with my own recipes because I’m always afraid of wasting food if it totally fails. 

  4. Looks yummy! Is the shrimp cooked as well or just “cooked” by the lime juice? Can’t wait to make!

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