Sea Bass Ceviche

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One of the most requested recipes after we returned from Galapagos was the ceviche we had on board! This Sea Bass Ceviche takes it’s inspiration mostly from our time Brazil and a little bit from Ecuador and it’s fantastic!

Sea Bass Ceviche from (@whatsgabycookin)

When we were in Brazil (I can’t believe it was 8 years ago at this point) we spent a few nights at Hotel Villa Bahia. It’s situated right in the heart of Salvador de Bahia, which is easily one of the most magical place in Brazil. If you’re heading to Brazil anytime soon, a stop here is mandatory! They also have one of the most amazing restaurants in the entire city. We spent our first night in Salvador de Bahia here, and I loved it so much I begged and pleaded my travel mates to go back for lunch the following day.

What we ate for both lunch and dinner blew my mind. Two standout dishes were the moqueca which I’ve recreated countless times at home because I simply cannot get enough, and the Sea Bass Ceviche. It was so perfect we ended up ordering multiple for the table and went to town! I’ve been counting down the days until it’s warm enough to make this Sea Bass Ceviche at home and today marks the start of ceviche season. (I have no idea if that’s a thing or not, but let’s just go with it!)

This Sea Bass Ceviche is loaded with sea bass (cooked in the juiced of the citrus), plenty of mango, cucumber, tomato, lime juice, chives, olive oil and red onion. And it cannot be beat! You can serve this on it’s own, atop a gorgeous bed of greens for a ceviche salad, or with a handful of various flatbreads so you can scoop it up and devour!

Heads up: if you’re not able to get your hands on sea bass, look for snapper, any other kind of bass or halibut. You want a medium firm white fish for this recipe.

Sea Bass Ceviche from (@whatsgabycookin)

Sea Bass Ceviche

4.8 from 4 votes
The most beautiful tropical Ceviche recipe you'll ever make at home!
Prep Time 10 mins
Chilling Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 4 people


For the Fish

  • 8 ounces fresh sea bass Chilean or Mexican sea bass are both great options
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 3 limes zested and juiced, plus more as needed
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

To assemble

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup mango diced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup avocado diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup tomato diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño finely chopped
  • freshly made tortilla chips for serving


  • Cut the sea bass into small bite sized cubes (about 1/2 inch each) and transfer to a medium sized glass or stainless steel bowl. To the bowl add the orange juice, lime juice and zest, kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Gently stir to combine so all the fish is coated in the citrus juice. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • After 2-3 hours the fish should look fully "cooked." This means that each piece of fish no longer looks raw when broken open. If the fish still looks slightly raw, cover and place back into the refrigerator for an additional hour. Drain most of the juice from the fish of the remaining juice and add the olive oil and set aside.
  • In a clean bowl, toss together the mango, cucumber, avocado, red onion, tomato, jalapeño and chives. Add the sea bass and toss to combine. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper or lime juice as needed. Serve immediately with freshly fried tortilla chips.


Heads up: if you’re not able to get your hands on sea bass, look for snapper, any other kind of bass or halibut. You want a medium firm white fish for this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 692IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg


  1. Ever since coming back from Colombia, I’ve been longing to make some ceviche like the one we had in Cartagena. I loved the prawn ceviche. I guess that I could just switch it with the sea bass!?
    Oh, and I’m so sad about missing out on all the fun in Brazil. I guess it will be a huge party over there with everyone in the country participating. 🙂

  2. This was so delicious! My local market did not have sea bass, but I was able to get some fresh lemon sole. My husband and I made this with some guacamole and chips, it was a perfect summer dinner!

  3. This is a wonderful recipe and I have enjoyed it immensely! It should be noted, however, that Chilean sea bass ( Patagonian/Antarctic toothfish) is actually not a good option due to a multitude of very serious issues surrounding their fishery.

  4. This was my first batch of ceviche although I’ve had some in Peru and thought it was delicious. You’ll die when you learn I used freshwater crappie (white perch, sac-a-lait).
    I had a surplus and was tired of frying it, smoking it or making smoked fish dip with it ( all of which were great).
    This recipe produced a remarkable product. To suit my taste I increased the amounts of avacado and mango.

  5. I made this a few weeks ago and it was the star app at my dinner party! The flavours are so fresh and clean, it tastes amazing! Just make sure you get your fish monger to take out any pin bones from the fish. This was the only tedious part I had to deal with.

  6. Can you make this ahead of time and let it marinate overnight? Will it “cook” the fish too much? Chilean Sea Bass is costly and I don’t want to ruin it.

  7. 5 stars
    Mind blowing every time. I first printed this sea bass ceviche recipe in 2017. I don’t think I’ve ever veered off from the recipe because it doesn’t need tweaking.
    This dish a definitely a labor of love so be prepared to put the time in. It’s a hit every time.
    I came back today to get the link for my sister-in-law. She doesn’t need the stained up printed version. Hoping everyone loves this recipe as much as I do!

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