Red Snapper Ceviche Recipe

 In Recipes, Seafood

If you’re looking for the ideal and filling meal, that’s perfectly light and refreshing at the same time, you simply can’t go wrong with the red snapper ceviche. The dish incorporates the Mexican cooking style, which focuses on mixing up fresh and raw seafood with citrus juice. Of course, when you prepare your snapper ceviche recipe, you get to enrich it with a bunch of fresh vegetables and herbs to spice up the flavor to your liking. However, keep in mind that for this dish to be truly appetizing, nutritious, and all over amazing, your red snapper has to be very fresh.

Red Snapper Ceviche Ingredients

While there are some differences and nuances when it comes to red snapper ceviche recipes around the world, the following list of ingredients is more than enough to let you prepare this tasty and refreshing dish in a chef-like manner. Of course, you have all the freedom in the world when it comes to your preferred choice of veggies and herbs.

  • 1 finely grated garlic clove, on the smaller side
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon of sugar
  • 5 tbsp fresh lime juice (prepare more for the serving)
  • 12 oz of skinless red snapper fillet, cut into small pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ red onion, small and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced thinly crosswise in a round shape
  • 1 tablespoon of grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 chopped avocado
  • ½ cup of coarsely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup of coarsely crushed corn nuts
  • Hot sauce of your choice
  • Tortilla chips (for serving)


Red Snapper Ceviche Recipe: Step-by-Step Guide

  • Step 1: Marinate and Refrigerate the Fish

To start off your snapper ceviche recipe, mix the snapper pieces, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lime juice in a bowl, preferably a glass or ceramic one, and cover it. You want to marinate the fish which is why it’s crucial that the snapper pieces float in the juice mixture. This preparation should be placed in the refrigerator where it should cool for about an hour and 45 minutes.

  • Step 2: Take the Fish Out and Strain

You don’t cook the fish per se, but the marinating in the fridge for a while will make the fish white and firmer to the touch. You’ll know that the process is done once you confirm that there are no translucent fish pieces. So, once this step is done and over with, get the bowl out of the fridge, strain the fish completely, and get rid of the juice.

  • Step 3: Mix the Rest of the Veggies and Herbs

Take another bowl where you’ll mix the tomatoes, cilantro, oil, onion, and avocado and toss it all together with the cooled and marinated red snapper pieces. Let it all sit for at least 10 minutes.

  • Step 4: Season to Taste and Serve

Add salt according to your taste, stir everything once again, and place your red snapper ceviche in a large shallow bowl. You can also use a tall martini glass for extra presentation. Top it all off with the corn nuts, add some hot sauce and lime juice, and serve everything with tortilla chips.

You can also add jalapeños if you like the taste of them, and up the length of time for marinating if you find it necessary.

Sopito with Red Snapper Ceviche

An interesting way to spice up your red snapper ceviche recipe is to mix it all up with sopitos, thus creating a heartier meal. You can use the same ingredients and recipe for the regular snapper ceviche, or you can tweak things up a little bit. A rather easy sopito ceviche recipe includes the following ingredients:

For the ceviche:

  • 8 ounces of cubed skinless red snapper fillet
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice
  • 1 small tomato that you’ll peel, dice, and remove the seeds from
  • 2 tablespoons of diced red onion
  • 2 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 serrano chile, cut into small dices with seeds removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sopito:

  • 1 pound of masa harina
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Corn oil for frying

For serving:

  • 6 halved radishes
  • 1/4 cup of micro cilantro
  • Salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

The Recipe: Step-by-Step Guide


  • Step 1: Make the Ceviche

Just like in the previous recipe, you basically follow the same rules when it comes to making your ceviche. Since this particular ingredient list is a bit more simplified, simply place the fish into the lime juice and marinate it for about 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Take the bowl out of the fridge and strain the fish while discarding the lime juice. In another bowl, mix and toss onion, cilantro, tomato, chile, and olive oil. Add the fish in and season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Stir everything well again and leave it to sit for about 10 minutes.

  • Step 2: Make the Sopitos

You need to make a nice dough, which you can do by combining masa harina, water, and salt in a bowl. Make sure to mix really well until you’re satisfied with the look and feel of your dough. Once you’re done, leave the dough to rest for about 20 minutes. This is where things get interesting as you need to use the dough in order to form small dough cups. In general, it would be best to stick to the 4-inch diameter cups that aren’t taller than half an inch. Flatten out the bottom. Get your pan out and heat the corn oil. Then proceed to fry your dough cups for a couple of minutes, until they become golden.

  • Step 3: Serve the Dish

Now that both your red snapper ceviche and sopitos are done, it’s time to serve the dish. As you can probably guess, you have to fill the sopito cups with the ceviche mixture. Top off the sopito ceviche with radish and cilantro, while you can garnish the plate with radish halves, salt, and olive oil.

If you haven’t been the one for trying out new recipes so far, and especially not the recipes involving raw fish that “cooks” in a refrigerator, we at Stiltsville Fish Bar welcome you to try our red snapper ceviche specialty first before you decide to make a change and take up a new cooking challenge yourself. Even if you don’t consider yourself a great connoisseur of seafood, we’re confident that our skilled chefs will change your mind completely.

Discover the most delicious seafood menu selection paired with refreshing drinks in an idyllic and comforting ambiance of our Stiltsville Fish Bar located at the heart of Miami’s Sunset Harbor. Choose between the beautiful and relaxing hammock seating outdoors and the indoor dining tables that still provide a breathtaking view of the harbor and the sunset.

Pay us a visit to experience the ideal mix of seafood and sunny setting for yourself. You can also check out our restaurant’s menu online if you want to learn more about our offers. We invite you to challenge and surprise your taste buds with the refreshing and innovative blend of flavors and aromas that won’t leave you indifferent.

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