Spanish Mackerel Ceviche

Appetizer Time: Try Spanish Mackerel Ceviche!

This Spanish Mackerel Ceviche Recipe is courtesy of Chef Scott Surratt of Ceviche’s 

The recipe was seen on the episode “Spanish Mackerel“, Season 7

About Ceviche

Ceviche is a South American dish of marinated raw fish or seafood. It is typically garnished and served as an appetizer. It is a recipe for raw fish and seafood marinated in citrus juice, mainly lime and lemon. The fish is effectively “cooked” even though there’s no heat involved.
According to, ceviche’s birthplace is disputed between Peru and Ecuador, and as both countries have an amazing variety of fish and shellfish.  In addition, It could have come from the ancient Inca civilizations of Peru and Ecuador.  Every Latin American country has given seviche/ceviche its own touch of individuality by adding its own particular garnishes.
Let’s look at how ceviche is served in several countries. In Peru, it is served with slices of cold sweet potatoes or corn-on-the-cob. In Ecuador, ceviche is served with popcorn, nuts, or corn nuts.  It is also served in a large crystal bowl with the guests helping themselves, either by spearing it with toothpicks or filling the pastry shells. In Mexico, seviche shares a plate with slices of raw onions and served on toasted tortillas.

Now, how About Mackerel?

The Atlantic Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) –  a migratory species of mackerels that swims to the Northern Gulf of Mexico.  In spring they return to south Florida in the Eastern Gulf, and to Mexico in the Western Gulf in the fall.
Spanish Mackerels possess darker meat. Many consider mackerel one of the tastiest of the Mackerel family. Spanish Mackerels offer a rich source for Omega-3 fatty acids (polyunsaturated fatty acids with huge health benefits). Easily filleted and excellent eating baked, broiled, steamed, smoked, poached, or fried.

When Ready to Buy, Buy Here

Buying your Spanish Mackerel at Motts Channel Seafood means its the freshest fish available anywhere.  Swordfish makes a great fresh fish substitution for this recipe.
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spanish Mackerel ceviche
Spanish Mackerel Ceviche
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spanish Mackerel ceviche
Spanish Mackerel Ceviche
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  1. Place mackerel, lime juice, jalapeño, tomato, cilantro, oregano, scallions, and onion in a non-reactive bowl, allow to marinate (cook) overnight under refrigeration. Once the fish is opaque and not translucent, the fish is done. Add avocado and mix well. Season to taste with Wrightsville Beach Sea Salt, and enjoy.
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