or se·vi·che

[ suh-vee-chey, ‑chee ]


  1. an appetizer of small pieces of raw fish marinated in lime or lemon juice, often with onions, peppers, and spices.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ceviche1

First recorded in 1950–55; from Latin American Spanish (Peru, Ecuador, etc.) cebiche, ceviche, seviche, possibly a derivative of Spanish cebo “fodder, fish pieces used for bait,” from Latin cibus “food”; possibly from Spanish Arabic assukkabāj, from Arabic sikbāj “meat cooked in vinegar,” from unrecorded Middle Persian sikbāg (equivalent to sik “vinegar”+ bāg “food, broth”)

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Example Sentences

Today’s recipe is the same idea as a ceviche — fish marinated in lots of lime juice, plus a few other seasonings — but it’s both easier and faster.

Unlike a lot of more complex ceviches, tiritas don’t require an hours-long marinade because the strips are cut so thin, and because of the firm-but-tender types of fish that are used.

Use those fish to make ceviche on a beach, and turn the parts you don’t eat into bait for larger fish.

In fact, my own Peruvian grandmother told me that ceviche was originally made using Seville orange juice.

Chef Massens, for one, notes that the juice can “tenderize meat in the same way that lime can affect protein in a ceviche.”

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It is basically a Peruvian-Japanese marriage between sushi and ceviche.

To get you started eating lighter, here are five recipes for the perfect ceviche.

Scallop Ceviche by Alice Waters The woman behind Chez Panisse serves up a wonderful seafood summer salad.

Summer Crab Salad with Carrots, Basil, and Lime by Susan Spicer A ceviche-like salad from a chef with New Orleans roots.


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More About Ceviche

What is ceviche?

Ceviche is an appetizer dish consisting of raw fish marinated in citrus juice and including ingredients like peppers, onions, and spices.

Popular in South America, ceviche generally features chunked fish marinated in lime juice served with sliced white or red onions and chilies. Sea bass, tuna, and shrimp are common choices for the fish, while lemon or bitter orange juice may be used instead of lime. You may even find vegetarian ceviche, with vegetables like mushrooms or artichokes used instead of fish. As long as the base for the dish is served cold and features citrus curing, it could be referred to as a type of ceviche.

Ceviche is also spelled seviche.

Example: The restaurant offered Sofia and Carlos complementary scallop ceviche because it was their anniversary.

Where does ceviche come from?

The first records of the term ceviche come from around the 1950s. It comes from the Latin American Spanish ceviche, which may also be spelled cebiche or seviche.

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What are some other forms related to ceviche?

  • seviche (alternative spelling)

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How is ceviche used in real life?

Ceviche is a popular fish starter dish served in restaurants and made at home.



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True or False?

Ceviche is an appetizer featuring fish and served hot.