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Halibut Ceviche

This Halibut Ceviche is super popular with all of our friends. It’s tart, yet salty and spicy. Perfect for eating with tortilla chips, plantain chips, or sliced cucumbers.

My parents moved back to Kodiak over a year ago. This summer Dad bought a skiff, so thankfully he and mom have been sending me fresh wild caught Alaskan salmon and halibut.

I’m so thankful my freezer is full, but I’m super, super thankful my hometown of Kodiak wasn’t affected by a tsunami this week. That 7.9 earthquake that hit just southeast of Kodiak was no joke. I felt it way up north in the Mat-Su Valley where I live. A tsunami warning was issued for the entire southern coast of Alaska, including Kodiak. Many of my friends, and my parents had to evacuate their houses because they weren’t above 100 feet. It was scary, but thankfully there was no tsunami and no damage. Thank God!

There are so many great recipes for fresh Alaska fish, from these cod fish tacos, to  Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers to Gluten-Free Beer Battered Halibut (this recipe is the BOMB).

But, if I can’t have my halibut beer battered and fried (because fried food every day would not be good), I prefer it in this best ceviche recipe.

What is ceviche? 

Ceviche (“seh-BEE-chay”) is a popular dish in South America. The first time I sampled ceviche (it was soooo long ago!) I was working in the reservations center of a small local commuter airline in Anchorage. There were a few Latino women who would make ceviche occasionally for the many potlucks we had… I fell absolutely in love with it!

Halibut ceviche is made with raw fish; however, the acid from the limes and lemons change the protein structure of the fish, basically “cooking” it without using heat.

The translucent Alaskan halibut will quickly become an opaque white as it sits (or “cooks”) in the acidic marinade.

Ceviche fish

Normally when I make ceviche, I use Alaskan halibut, but if you don’t have access to fresh halibut, any firm white fish will work in this recipe (rockfish, mahi-mahi, etc.). 

How to serve Halibut Ceviche

We enjoy this ceviche recipe with tortilla chips or Beanitos (bean & rice chips), but if you are doing strict Paleo or Whole30, you can definitely use plantain chips or cucumber slices.

And guys, don’t forget the cold beer to go with your ceviche. 😉 I prefer Greene’s gluten-free beer.

Other gluten-free halibut recipes to try:

Baked Halibut with Herbed Mayonnaise Crust from Downshiftology
Halibut Stew from Simply Gluten-Free Magazine
Gluten-Free Halibut Cakes from Go Dairy Free

fresh & spicy halibut ceviche recipe in cup

Halibut Ceviche Recipe:

fresh & spicy halibut ceviche recipe in cup with tortilla chip

Halibut Ceviche

Yield: 12-15 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

This Halibut Ceviche recipe is super popular with all of our friends. It’s tart, yet salty and spicy. Perfect for eating with tortilla chips, plantain chips, or sliced cucumbers.


  • 1.5 pounds halibut (or another firm white fish like cod, tilapia or mahi mahi), diced into 1/2-3/4 inch cubes
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, diced
  • 1 – 2 Serrano peppers, seeded and finely minced (use rubber gloves so your hands won't sting!)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 – 3 teaspoons Sriracha
  • avocado


  1. Blot off the excess moisture from the halibut using paper towels, then place the halibut, tomato, red onion, cilantro, Serrano peppers, and garlic in a (non-reactive) glass 9x13″ baking dish.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, sea salt, and Sriracha; pour the mixture over the raw fish mixture. Mix until combined.
  3. Cover, and place in the refrigerator. Allow the fish to marinade for 2-4 hours, until the ceviche is chilled and the halibut is opaque and "cooked" through.
  4. Garnish with avocado and serve with tortilla chips, Beanitos (bean + rice chips), plantains, and/or cucumber slices.

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Gina Whitehill-Baziuk

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Can this ceviche be made in advance? We will be out during the day that I plan on serving it as an appetizer.

How long can I keep extra ceviche?


Thursday 6th of May 2021

Hi Gina, yes, this recipe can be made a day or two in advance. Overall, how long leftovers keep depends entirely on the freshness of your fish. I'd say 3-5 days? But that's just a good guess.


Thursday 19th of November 2020

Great recipe. I’ve been making Ceviche many yrs. your dish Is compatible to a recipe from Tampico Mex. Vibrant thanks for sharing I’m From Kodiak living in Anchorage. I do miss the Fresh fish . As I was a fisherman As well. My sister owns El Chicanos. Mex. Rest Thanks. Megan


Thursday 19th of November 2020

Hi Sal, What a treat to hear from you! I have fond memories of eating at El Chicanos when I was young with my mom. Such a special place! Thank you for the feedback on the ceviche recipe - glad you enjoyed it!


Saturday 1st of August 2020

¡Delicioso! Turned out fantastic!


Monday 10th of August 2020

:) So happy to hear that, Leah! Thank you!


Sunday 5th of August 2018

We were just gifted some fresh caught Alaskan halibut, I'm about to whip this up! <3


Tuesday 18th of September 2018

Woohoo!! I hope you enjoyed it, Amanda!

Agness of Run Agness Run

Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Yum, this dish seems exceptional, Megan! I believe it is an excellent side dish and an excellent party recipe. :)


Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Thank you so much Agness! You're sweet to say that!

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