Salmon Ceviche is a colorful, refreshing salad made with citrusy salmon and fresh vegetables. Serve it with chips or tostadas, avocado, and your favorite hot sauce.

An angled shot of salmon ceviche in stemmed glasses.

I learned how to make ceviche in Aguascalientes, Mexico. They make it in huge batches for parties with several family members working on it together. Everyone has a job, and they make a few different kinds simultaneously.

Serve ceviche with crunchy tostadas, tortilla chips, and even saltine crackers with plenty of hot sauce, mayonnaise, and lots of fresh limes on the side.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Salmon Ceviche Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Ceviche ingredients in bowls.

Ingredient notes

  • Salmon: Thaw frozen salmon in a bowl or on a tray overnight in the refrigerator. For quicker thawing, thaw in a bowl of cold (not warm) water. Turn the faucet on and let a thin trickle of cold water run into the bowl, letting the excess water overflow out of the bowl and down the drain. Remove any skin before cutting in to pieces.
  • Citrus juice: The acid that “cooks” the fish. Lime juice is the most common in Mexico (lemons are not usually available there), but lemon, grapefruit, and orange juice are all great options. You could also use a combination.
  • Carrots: Carrots are a surprise ingredient compared to many other ceviche recipes, but that’s how they make it in Aguascalientes. It’s perfect.
  • Jalapeños: Remove the seeds for less heat. In Mexico, they prepare a separate bowl of spicy chiles (like serrano and habañero chiles) so the adults can add those to taste and the kids don’t have to suffer.
  • Cilantro: Cut off the main batch of stems at the bottom of the bunch, then cut up the remaining stems along with the leaves. Please omit if you hate cilantro (parsley or chives are good substitutes).

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To break down large pieces of salmon for ceviche, first cut each filet into strips about 2 inches wide, rinsing your knife in cold water between cuts. Holding your knife at a 45-degree angle and following the muscle fibers of the fish, slice the salmon into chunks. Continue cutting the salmon into 1/2-inch pieces for this recipe.
An overhead shot of salmon on a wooden cutting board.
  1. In a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl, add salmon and citrus juice and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until the salmon is opaque and “cooked” through, about 4 hours.
An overhead shot of salmon ceviche ingredients in a clear bowl.
  1. Drain off and discard excess citrus juice. Add onion, carrots, tomatoes, jalapeños, and cilantro and toss until evenly coated. Season to taste with salt and more fresh citrus juice if desired.
An overhead shot of salmon ceviche ingredients in a clear bowl.
  1. Serve with tostadas, tortilla chips, or saltine crackers, passing hot sauce and mayonnaise separately. Or, serve ceviche in individual bowls or glasses.
An overhead shot of salmon ceviche in stemmed glasses.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Safety: Citrus juice does not kill bacteria or parasites in fish (neither will your home freezer), so choose commercially-frozen or high-quality fresh fish for ceviche.
  • Yield: This recipe will make about 4 cups ceviche.
  • Storage: Enjoy salmon ceviche the day you make it, and possibly the leftovers the day after. It doesn’t keep much longer than that.
  • Denaturation: The technical term for the reaction between the citrus juice acid and the proteins in the muscle fibers of the salmon.
  • Avocado: Mixed in or scattered on top, avocado tempers the heat and a creamy texture to ceviche. Guacamole works well too.
  • More mix-ins: Get creative with cucumber, jicama, or even pineapple.

Chipotle Guacamole (Copycat)

This Chipotle Guacamole recipe is the real deal. With just seven ingredients and a few minutes, you can enjoy as much Chipotle Guacamole at home as you can mash! Guacamole is luscious, creamy, satisfying, filling,…

7 minutes
View Recipe

More seafood recipes

An angled shot of salmon ceviche in stemmed glasses.

Salmon Ceviche

Salmon Ceviche is a colorful, refreshing salad made with citrusy salmon and fresh vegetables. Serve it with chips or tostadas, avocado, and your favorite hot sauce.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 4 servings (1 cup each)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 199

Ingredients 

For the ceviche:

  • 1 pound salmon filet thawed (see note 1)
  • 1 cup citrus juice plus more for serving (see note 2)
  • 1 medium onion finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large carrot peeled and finely chopped (about ½ cup, see note 3)
  • 1-2 Roma tomatoes seeded and chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers minced, seeded if desired (see note 4)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro stems removed and minced (see note 5)
  • Salt

For serving:

  • tortilla chips or tostadas or saltine crackers
  • Hot sauce and mayonnaise

Instructions 

  • Remove if the skin from the salmon filet if it is still intact and run your fingers over the filet to check for and remove any embedded bones. Use tweezers if necessary. 
  • Chop salmon into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in a glass or stainless-steel bowl. Add lime juice and toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate until the fish is opaque and “cooked” through, about 4 hours.
  • Drain off and discard excess lime juice. Add onion, carrots, tomatoes, jalapeños, and cilantro and toss until evenly coated. Season to taste with salt and more fresh lime juice if desired.
  • Serve on tostadas or with tortilla chips or saltine crackers, passing mayonnaise, hot sauce, and sliced avocado separately. Or, divide ceviche among small clear-glass bowls, wineglasses, or martini glasses. 

Notes

  1. Salmon: Thaw frozen salmon in a bowl or on a tray overnight in the refrigerator. For quicker thawing, thaw in a bowl of cold (not warm) water. Turn the faucet on and let a thin trickle of cold water run into the bowl, letting the excess water overflow out of the bowl and down the drain. Remove any skin before cutting in to pieces.
  2. Citrus juice: The acid that “cooks” the fish. Lime juice is the most common in Mexico (lemons are not usually available there), but lemon, grapefruit, and orange juice are all great options. You could also use a combination.
  3. Carrots: Carrots are a surprise ingredient compared to many other ceviche recipes, but that’s how they make it in Aguascalientes. It’s perfect.
  4. Jalapeños: Remove the seeds for less heat. In Mexico, they prepare a separate bowl of spicy chiles (like serrano and habañero chiles) so the adults can add those to taste and the kids don’t have to suffer.
  5. Cilantro: Cut off the main batch of stems at the bottom of the bunch, then cut up the remaining stems along with the leaves. Please omit if you hate cilantro (parsley or chives are good substitutes).
  6. Safety: Citrus juice does not kill bacteria or parasites in fish (neither will your home freezer), so choose commercially-frozen or high-quality fresh fish for ceviche.
  7. Yield: This recipe will make about 4 cups ceviche.
  8. Storage: Enjoy salmon ceviche the day you make it, and possibly the leftovers the day after. It doesn’t keep much longer than that.
  9. Denaturation: The technical term for the reaction between the citrus juice acid and the proteins in the muscle fibers of the salmon.
  10. Avocado: Mixed in or scattered on top, avocado tempers the heat and a creamy texture to ceviche. Guacamole works well too.
  11. More mix-ins: Get creative with cucumber, jicama, or even pineapple.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 23gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 780mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3385IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @CulinaryHill or tag #CulinaryHill!

Culinary School Secrets
Pro-level tricks to transform your cooking!

Meggan Hill

I’m the Executive Chef and head of the Culinary Hill Test Kitchen. Every recipe is developed, tested, and approved just for you.

You May Also Like

Questions and Comments

Thank you for your comments! Please allow 1-2 business days for a reply. Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am PST to 5:00 pm PST, excluding holidays. Comments are moderated to prevent spam and profanity.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

  1. Reminds me of when I went to Mexico on my Honeymoon. I made it for our anniversary, and we both agree it’s delicious! 5 stars