Mock Ceviche


Traditionally, ceviche is raw fish that's “cooked” by marinating it in acidic citrus juice. Here we quickly poach the tilapia then marinate it with fresh herbs, lime juice and crunchy vegetables for an easy summer dinner. Make it a meal: Serve with warm corn tortillas.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each


  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, minced

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large green bell pepper, halved crosswise and thinly sliced

  • 1 large tomato, chopped

  • ½ cup very thinly sliced white onion

  • ¼ cup quartered green olives

  • 1 avocado, chopped


  1. Place tilapia in a medium skillet. Cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place jalapeno to taste in a small bowl and whisk in lime juice, 2 tablespoons cilantro, oregano and salt. Transfer the tilapia to a large, shallow, nonreactive dish with a slotted spoon and pour the lime juice mixture over the top. Add bell pepper, tomato, onion and olives; gently mix to combine. (It's OK if the tilapia breaks apart.) Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and avocado just before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
11g Fat
13g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Vitamin A 757IU 15%
Vitamin C 51mg 56%
Folate 87mcg 22%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 59mg 14%
Potassium 831mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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