Delicious Tilapia Ceviche Recipe for Seafood Lovers

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved experimenting with different flavors and creating my own recipes in the kitchen. As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, my passion for culinary arts has only grown stronger. Today, I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite recipes – Warm Tilapia Ceviche.

Ceviche is a popular dish in many Latin American countries, including Peru and Mexico. It’s a dish made of raw fish marinated in citrus juices and flavored with chili peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, and other fresh vegetables. It’s a refreshing and light dish that’s perfect for a hot summer day.

My Warm Tilapia Ceviche recipe puts a unique twist on this classic dish by turning it into a warm and comforting bowl of goodness. Instead of marinating the tilapia in raw citrus juices, we cook it first and then add the lime juice later to give it a burst of fresh citrus flavors.

This recipe is perfect for those who are new to ceviche or prefer cooked fish over raw fish. It’s also very versatile, so feel free to adjust the ingredients according to your tastes or dietary restrictions.

Trust me when I say that after trying my Warm Tilapia Ceviche recipe, you’ll never look at ceviche the same way again. So let’s gather our ingredients and get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Warm Tilapia Ceviche
Warm Tilapia Ceviche

Darling, let me tell you why this Warm Tilapia Ceviche recipe will make your taste buds sing with joy.

First and foremost, it’s a twist on the classic ceviche recipe, which usually calls for raw fish. Instead, we use cooked tilapia fillets that are cut into small pieces and marinated in a citrusy mixture of lime juice and lemon juice. This not only keeps things safe for those who may be wary of eating raw fish, but it also gives the ceviche a unique flavor and texture.

Secondly, the addition of spinach and cilantro gives this dish a boost of fresh vegetables and flavors. Do you know how important it is to eat your greens? Not only do they keep us strong and healthy, but they also add a pop of vibrant color to any dish. Plus, cilantro has such a refreshing aroma and flavor that it truly elevates this recipe to another level.

Lastly, this warm tilapia ceviche is incredibly versatile. You can serve it as an appetizer or main course, and it pairs perfectly with tortilla chips or served over rice. It’s also easy to customize with different spices or adding in shrimp or other seafood to create a Peruvian-style ceviche.

So come on now, darling. Give this recipe a try and let me know how much you love it.

Ingredient List

 Fresh and Tangy: A Warm Tilapia Ceviche Delight
Fresh and Tangy: A Warm Tilapia Ceviche Delight

Now that we have talked about the reasons why this warm tilapia ceviche recipe is worth trying, let’s dive into the main ingredient list that makes it so special.

Here are the ingredients you will need for this recipe:


For this recipe, you will need tilapia fillets, which are perfect for ceviche since they have a mild flavor and firm texture. Cut the tilapia into small pieces of around 1-2 inches to allow for even marination.

Fresh Citrus

Citrus juices are crucial to any good ceviche recipe, and we’ll be using them to “cook” the raw fish in this dish. You will need large limes or a combination of lime and lemon juice, depending on your preference.

Low-Sodium Chicken Bouillon Cube

This may seem like an odd ingredient to add, but trust me, it brings a lot of depth and flavor to the dish. One low-sodium chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup of water will do the trick.

Onion, Garlic, Chili Peppers

These fresh vegetables add incredible flavor and texture to the ceviche. We recommend using onion, either red or white, as well as some minced garlic and finely chopped chili peppers, such as jalapeno or serrano.

Spinach and Cilantro

Lastly, we’ll be adding some fresh herbs for a pop of color and vibrant flavor. A handful of spinach leaves and fresh chopped cilantro will do just fine.

Of course, feel free to adjust or add any other ingredients to make this recipe your own!

The Recipe How-To

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Let’s Taco ‘Bout Ceviche: A Must-Try Recipe!

Now that we have all our ingredients in place, let’s dive into the How-To section of the warm tilapia ceviche recipe. This dish is one of my favorites because it’s light, refreshing and easy to make. You can serve it hot or cold, making it a great starter or main course.

Step 1: Prepare the Tilapia

Begin by rinsing your tilapia fillets and pat them dry with paper towels. Cut your fish into small pieces of about 1-2 inches cubes and place them in a bowl. Pour over 1 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup lemon juice and mix well to make sure all the pieces are coated with fresh citrus. The acid will “cook” the raw fish and give it a succulent flavor.

Step 2: Marinate the Fish

Add 1 low-sodium chicken bouillon cube to 1 cup of hot water, mix well until dissolved, and pour into the bowl of fish. Cover and allow it to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but not more than an hour, depending on how well-done you like your fish. Be careful not to over marinate as this can cause the fish to become too tough.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

While the fish marinating, chop half a cup of onion and 4 cloves of garlic finely. Mix with a handful of chopped fresh cilantro, half a cup of roughly chopped spinach, and two chopped chili peppers if you want some heat. Toss everything together to combine.

Step 4: Bring It All Together

Remove your tilapia from the fridge and drain all excess liquid. Add your mixed vegetables and spices to your bowl with tilapia fillets. Season with sea salt or kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and hot sauce according to your taste preference. Mix it all together and serve immediately.

This dish is versatile, and you can easily add variations to make it your own. For example, try swapping the tilapia with shrimp or other types of raw fish for a shrimp ceviche or Peruvian ceviche. You can also swap some fresh citrus juices with white wine vinegar or orange juice for a sweeter acidity.

Now that you know the steps in making a warm tilapia ceviche, I encourage you to experiment on your own, and take part in the culinary adventure that brings together two different cultures to create one perfect dish – a tilapia ceviche recipe that’s both delightful and delicious!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get Your Citrus Fix: Tangy Tilapia Ceviche
Get Your Citrus Fix: Tangy Tilapia Ceviche

When it comes to cooking, there’s always room for experimentation and creativity. In this warm tilapia ceviche recipe, there are plenty of opportunities to substitute or vary ingredients to suit your personal taste. Here are some ideas:

– Fish: If you can’t find tilapia fillets or prefer a different type of fish, feel free to use another mild, white-fleshed fish. Mahi-mahi, sea bass, and halibut are all great substitutes.

– Citrus juice: The recipe calls for lime juice, but you can also use lemon juice or a combination of the two. If you’re feeling adventurous, try using other citrus juices like grapefruit or orange.

– Heat level: If you love spicy food, add some chopped chili peppers or hot sauce to the ceviche mixture. Alternatively, if you prefer a milder flavor profile, skip the heat altogether.

– Vegetables: This recipe uses spinach and cilantro for flavor and texture, but you can add other fresh vegetables like diced tomatoes, bell peppers, or avocado.

– Cooked ceviche: If the idea of raw fish isn’t your thing, you can precook the tilapia before marinating it in the citrus juices. Baked tilapia works great for this method.

– Ceviche Peruano: If you want to try a different type of ceviche, look up Peruvian ceviche and how to make it. It’s typically made with raw fish marinated in a spicy citrus mixture with onions and other fresh ingredients – delicious!

Remember that substitutions and variations may affect the overall taste of the dish, so start with small amounts and adjust as necessary. Have fun experimenting with different flavors and making this warm tilapia ceviche recipe your own!

Serving and Pairing

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Tropical Vibes Only: Savor the Caribbean Flavor

Darlings, this warm tilapia ceviche recipe is a dish that can be served as an appetizer or main course, and it’s perfect for impressing guests at any dinner party.

I recommend serving the warm tilapia ceviche with a side of fresh spinach leaves and cilantro on top to give it a touch of color and freshness. The citrus flavors in the ceviche will complement the greens perfectly.

Pair this delectable dish with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. The acidity in these wines will balance the tangy flavors of the ceviche. If you prefer red wine, try a lighter-bodied pinot noir.

If you’re looking for a cocktail pairing, I suggest a classic margarita with a chili pepper rim, or a citrusy mojito. The sweetness in both of these drinks will balance out the spiciness in the ceviche.

Lastly, if you want to add more texture to this dish try serving it with crispy tortilla chips or placing the warm tilapia ceviche over a bed of rice. However you choose to serve it, this warm tilapia ceviche recipe will surely impress all your dinner guests!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

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Enjoy a Burst of Flavor with Every Bite

My dear food lovers, when it comes to ceviche, one of the most frequently asked questions is whether or not it can be made ahead of time or if it’s possible to store leftovers for later enjoyment. I’m happy to tell you that the answer is yes! This warm tilapia ceviche recipe can absolutely be made ahead of time and does great stored in the fridge for a day or two.

If you want to prepare this dish ahead of time, do so without adding the spinach and cilantro as they should be added fresh right before serving to ensure maximum flavor and freshness. Likewise, if you have any leftover portions of the dish, make sure to remove any excess liquid before placing in a container with an airtight lid, then pop that into the fridge.

To reheat, my recommendation would be to transfer the ceviche into a pan and cook over medium heat for two to three minutes, stirring constantly until warm. Make sure not to overcook the fish as this will result in it becoming tough and dry. Alternatively, warm up individual portions for 30 seconds in the microwave.

Remember, when reheating this dish, try not to “cook” it again but instead aim to adequately heat everything without compromising its texture or flavor. And that’s it! Now you’re able to enjoy this zesty dish anytime you like with only minor changes in taste (if any at all). Buen provecho!

Tips for Perfect Results

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A Protein-Packed Appetizer to Impress Your Guests

When it comes to making Warm Tilapia Ceviche, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve perfect results every time.

One important tip is to use fresh fish. Look for tilapia fillets that have a bright color and firm texture. You can also use other types of fish such as shrimp, but make sure they are raw and fresh.

Another essential element of ceviche is the citrus juice. Use large limes or lemons to make sure you have enough juice to fully immerse the fish. For best results, use a 1:4 ratio of lime juice to water. Don’t forget to add a low-sodium chicken bouillon cube for extra flavor.

To ensure that the fish is fully cooked by the acid in the citrus juice, cut it into small pieces or 1/4 inch cubes before placing it in the mixture. This way, the fish will absorb the juices and cook evenly.

For those who like a little heat, you can add chili peppers or hot sauce to your ceviche. Additionally, adding fresh vegetables such as spinach or cilantro along with onion and garlic can add extra flavor and texture to your dish.

It’s important to let your ceviche marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows all the flavors to meld together and enhances the overall taste of your dish.

Following these tips will help you create an authentic and delicious warm tilapia ceviche that will amaze your friends and family.


Now that you know how to create a delicious warm tilapia ceviche recipe, you may have some questions about the process. Here are some commonly asked questions that I’ve answered to help ensure your ceviche-making experience is a success.

Can ceviche be eaten warm?

When preparing ceviche, it’s crucial to prioritize the quality and freshness of the seafood. The dish is typically served either chilled or at room temperature, and it’s important to note that marinating the seafood in citrus juice will not kill any potential bacteria. Thus, it’s crucial to obtain seafood from a reputable source to avoid the risk of food poisoning.

What is hot ceviche?

Ceviche is a dish that originated in Latin America and is made with fresh raw fish that is marinated in citrus juices, such as lime or lemon. The fish is then seasoned with spices, such as ají, chili peppers and other seasonings, and topped with julienned red onions, salt, and cilantro to give it a refreshing and tangy taste.

How long is tilapia ceviche good for?

When preparing ceviche, it is important to note that the acid in the marinade affects both the safety and texture of the dish. You can safely store ceviche in the refrigerator for about two days, but note that the texture will change over time due to the protein breakdown caused by the citric acid. It is not advisable to repurpose leftover ceviche for this reason.

Is ceviche served hot or cold?

Ceviche, also known as seviche or cebiche, is a chilled dish made with seafood and accompanied by vegetables, herbs and spices. It is a lot like a seafood cocktail, providing a refreshing and flavorful experience with each bite.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this warm tilapia ceviche recipe is a must-try for any seafood lover who wants to enjoy the goodness of fresh fish and citrus juices together. With its unique flavor profile and potential for versatile serving, it can impress any discerning palate while being easy to prepare and store.

So, why not add this recipe to your repertoire and surprise yourself and your loved ones with a delicious treat? A warm tilapia ceviche served with some fresh vegetables or tortilla chips can make for a perfect lunch or appetizer, or even an entrée when accompanied by rice or quinoa.

Remember to follow the instructions carefully, use only fresh ingredients, take into account the tips, substitutions, variations, and pairing suggestions provided in this article, and experiment until you find your favorite blend of flavors.

Join the ranks of renowned chefs like Marcela Valladolid and embrace the charms of Peruvian ceviche by trying out this warm tilapia version. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Warm Tilapia Ceviche

Warm Tilapia Ceviche Recipe

I came up with this when I discovered I needed to cook some thawed tilapia in a quick, and healthy manner.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine South American
Calories 127.6 kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 low-sodium chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 -4 tilapia fillets (can be partially frozen)
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tomatoes and habaneros (not drained)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup lime juice
  • cilantro
  • spinach (optional)


  • Boil water and dissolve bouillon cube. Add can of tomatoes with habaneros, lime juice, spinach. Cook until fish is done. Add cilantro to taste.

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Serving: 196gCalories: 127.6kcalCarbohydrates: 2.5gProtein: 25.2gFat: 2.1gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 62.5mgSodium: 72.7mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.5g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Easy
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.