Ceviche is a quick and hands off seafood dish to make at home. And it pairs well with so many different side dishes! Compiled here is a list of the 19 best side dishes for inspiration on what to serve with ceviche for dinner.
Ceviche is a popular main dish across the world, including Latin America (Central America and South America), Oceania, and even North America now! This quick and easy dinner is made by using citric acid to “cook” fish. Note, it’s not really cooking because heat isn’t used.
Ceviche is a perfect main course for warm summer nights when you don’t want to fire up the oven and for those days where you can’t be bothered with a fancy or complicated meal. It’s about as easy as they come.
Every good ceviche meal comes with some great sides! Whether you want vegetables, salads, soups, or fried sides, we have a list below! Keep reading for 19 delicious recipe ideas on what to serve with ceviche for dinner.
FAQs about Ceviche
Ceviche is a method of cooking fresh fish without using any heat. Instead of baking, frying or grilling the fish, it is cooked with citrus juice.
The fish can be cut into either large or small pieces (depending on what country you are taking inspiration from). Then, lemon juice, lime juice, or even orange juice is poured over the fish. Over time, the citrus will cure the fish (check out How Long Does Ceviche Take To Cook), making it safe to eat. This is different from enjoying sushi-grade fish, that you find served in sushi rolls. If that’s your jam, here’s 16 different sushi combinations to give a try!
White fish is the most common choice when making ceviche. This includes options like mahi mahi, cod, sea bass, grouper, or rockfish.
It is always recommended to choose the freshest option and to make sure it is sushi grade. Saltwater fish is a safer option than freshwater fish because it is less likely to have parasites.
Yes as long as you make sure that it is sashimi-grade fish! In this case, make sure to thaw the fish completely before adding the citrus juice to cook it.
The best way to thaw frozen fish is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight before you plan to cook with it.
Types of Ceviche & Recipes
There are many types of ceviche aside from those recipes made with fresh fish. You can make ceviche out of almost any raw seafood! Here are some other ceviche options:
- Ceviche Mixto: Ceviche made from many different types of fish/seafood
- Ceviche de Pulpo: Octopus Ceviche
- Shrimp Ceviche (Check out this shrimp ceviche recipe!)
- Lobster Ceviche
- Even Testicle Ceviche!
Mix Ins for Ceviche
Ceviche is typically served with vegetables mixed right into the bowl for some variance in texture and flavor. There are so many good things that you can stir into your ceviche including:
- Chili peppers
- Red onion
- Cucumber salad
- Fresh cilantro
Ceviche Recipe Tips
- When choosing fish for ceviche, make sure that you are choosing sushi-grade (sashimi-grade) fish. Because no heat is used to kill any potential bacteria in the fish, you want to make sure that your fish is safe to eat. The best choice (and only choice) is sashimi-grade fish.
- You can serve your ceviche inside of a coconut shell for a fun presentation (like I did in this recipe)!
- If you do not like a strong citrus taste, you can rinse the excess citrus juice from the ceviche after it has finished cooking.
- Feel free to mix your ceviche with the vegetables or salads you are serving it with, or to simply serve them side by side.
- Some cultures call for cooking their ceviche for hours, while others recommend waiting just 5 minutes. You can choose what works best for you!
What to Eat with Ceviche
- Rice: White rice, Brown Rice, Cilantro Lime Rice
- Tortilla Chips or Potato Chips
- Tostadas (Crunchy tortillas to lay the ceviche on top of)
- Pico de Gallo: Standard tomato or other fruit varieties
- Lettuce Leaves
- Vegetables: Sweet Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
- Yuca Fries
- Rice cakes
- Non-Alcoholic Drinks: Agua Fresca
Recipes to Make with Ceviche
There’s nothing like fresh tortilla chips (from 24 Bite) made from scratch. I mean fresh, from masa harina, corn tortilla chips. This is a recipe you will want to save!
Tostada shells (from Thrift and Spice) are the perfect vehicles for lots of yummy Mexican toppings. They’re super easy and quick to make. You can have these homemade tostadas ready and on the table in less than 20 minutes from start to finish! With this recipe you’ll find there’s no need to buy store-bought tostadas.
Sweet Plantain Chips
Cilantro rice (from What A Girl Eats) is a colorful and flavorful Latin side dish. It pairs well with nearly every protein and is quick and easy to make.
Mexican Red Rice
This easy Mexican Red Rice (from 24 Bite), arroz rojo in Spanish, is the most requested side dish for Mexican food. So tasty in this non spicy version of restaurant style rice.
Instant Pot Coconut Rice
Instant Pot Coconut Rice (from Monday Is Meatloaf) is an easy side dish with a slightly sweet taste that is a great compliment to any chicken, fish, or pork dish! Quickly made in the Instant Pot with a ten minute cook time.
Just 4 ingredients, this mango salad (from Living Sweet Moments) is the perfect summer recipe for the outdoors. Easy to make and delicious. Serve it as an app or w/chips.
Gazpacho (Chilled Tomato Soup)
This smooth or chunky gazpacho recipe (from Christina’s Cucina) –a chilled, no-cook tomato soup–is a light and fresh appetizer or starter for the hot summer months.
Pineapple Salsa Recipe
Homemade Pico de Gallo
Fajita Tacos (from ProfusionCurry) is a delicious Mexican vegetarian taco recipe loved by all. Tacos with seared black beans and vegetables are a fast and tasty choice for family weeknight dinners.
Yuca fries (from Caroline’s Cooking) are wonderfully crisp on the outside and gently soft in the middle. They are easy to make and just begging to be dipped in your favorite sauce. While best fresh, they keep their crispness well, so perfect to make ahead and share as a snack (if they last that long!)
Crispy Homemade Tostones
Corn Tomato Avocado Salad
An easy Corn Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe (from the Clean Eating Couple) that is done in under 10 minutes. Gluten Free, vegan, healthy and delicious! The perfect side dish.