Plenty of Ceviche in the Sea


When a ceviche photo flashed across my phone’s screen, even the sandwich I was eating at work did a double take.

“Well, hello there, lovely!” it said.

And that’s where it ended because I closed my screen before my sandwich could run off to a deserted island with the ceviche—all while making bad puns, such as the following: I’ll bet we’ll get along swimmingly together. We’re best fins, right?

No. I would have none of that, but I did text the sender of the photo, Alex of the Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Team, to tell him he did an excellent job.

Nate and I noticed he was acting fishy the day before. When we got home from work, Alex’s car wasn’t in the driveway. A few minutes later, he pulled in and carried out a grocery bag filled with fresh vegetables and a specially wrapped package of rockfish.

“I’m making ceviche for my lunches this week,” he said. Nate and I were incredibly impressed, but we weren’t sure if he’d have enough to eat.

“You might want to pair that with some crusty bread, maybe?” I said.

“Or a pizza,” Nate added.

Alex assured us he wouldn’t be hungry, and he had everything he needed—and when I saw the picture, I realized he filled out his ceviche with some excellent choices. Everyone at work, who saw my photo (‘cause I’m a proud mama), was amazed.

Alex said he followed a recipe online, but he improvised just a little bit. Here’s what he did, o-fishally:


–2 filets of rockfish—or any white fish, deboned and cut into bite-sized chunks

–1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice

–1/3 of a jalapeño, chopped

–1/4 of an onion, chopped

–1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

–1/2 of an avocado, diced

–8 cherry tomatoes, cut up

–1 clementine, cut into sections

–a handful of peanuts

–a drizzle of olive oil

–the family stash of treasured tortilla chips


–Place the cut-up rockfish into the lemon juice and let it “cure” for about 20 minutes

–Add the rockfish to a bowl, along with all of the other ingredients, except for the tortilla chips

–Place the ceviche mixture onto a plate and surround it with the tortilla chips

Results: Alex said the flavors were incredible. “It was almost like a mix between a pesto and salsa, and then you get the saltiness of the fish.”

Were there any leftovers the rest of the Team could try? No. I suppose you could say that Alex was shellfish in that respect, but at least the recipe is no sea-cret. And there is some leftover fish in the fridge—if the sandwich I made for tomorrow’s lunch doesn’t lure it onto a tortilla chip for a sunset cruise.

Your Turn: What’s your favorite, go-to lunch?

30 thoughts on “Plenty of Ceviche in the Sea

    1. Alex bought his fish raw. He’s been into raw fish and sushi a lot lately. The lemon juice (or lime juice) in ceviche is supposed to “cook” the fish–but it’s still raw–it just gives it a good flavor and a little bit of a different texture. It would be great inside of a tortilla for a fish taco type of thing, too. Cheers!

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  1. There was this restaurant in Florida called Nature something or other (can’t believe I forgot the name, right? Ha!) and they had this AppleJack sandwich with sprouts and green apples and melty white cheese and this unique honey mustard sauce that was more dark-caramel colour and tasted unusually spicy-sweet. Yum!

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  2. Oh my goodness, your puns are off the charts! o-fishally might be my favorite. And well done to him on that awesome meal! Proud momma indeed. Even your sandwich did a double take–my other favorite line. Nice work, CK1!

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  3. To answer your question: always a good plate of Japanese-style curry with rice. 🍛 Interestingly, the Filipino version of ceviche (called kilawin — pronounced kill-a-ween) also works with steaming hot rice. The older folks where I am pair it with beer. Your version looks like it pairs well with either carbohydrates!

    I’ve tried a tuna version here, and even one made with oysters (though I still ate a little before trying both out) as eating raw seafood on an empty stomach is a no-no.

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