Day 243: Chiclayo, Peru
My first time couchsurfing was in Colombia but I’ve couchsurfed a few more times since then. The benefit isn’t really the free accommodation as hostels aren’t expensive but it’s the cultural exchange. Locals can show you things no guidebook has time to tell you about and teach you nuances about the culture you would never pick up on your own.

I had decided to couchsurf in Chiclayo and was fortunate to stay with Fernando and his family. Once they learned of my passion for food they were keen to share their culinary expertise and in this case it was ceviche.

For me this is hitting the jackpot, while I’m certainly capable of following a recipe, ceviche is a bit intimidating as acid from the lime juice cooks the fish. It’s not really something you want to screw up. But today I had the opportunity to learn first-hand. I wanted to share this recipe with you and I’ve tried to include as much detail as possible.

Pervian Ceviche

1/2 kg (about 3 cups) of toyo or other firm flesh fish cut into cm cubes
10 small limes (1.5 inches in size)
3/4 cup sliced red onion
2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 jalapeno (in Peru they use another hot pepper that cannot be found elsewhere)
1 clove garlic

1. Soak onion in a bowl of water so that flavour will not be overpowering.
2. Juice limes over fish and leave until the fish starts to turn white, about ten minutes. Stirring occasionally.
3. Drain juice from fish and mix with ginger and one clove of garlic. Puree in blender. Add back to fish.
4. Add pepper to mixture (no need to mince just place whole)
5. Add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Let sit 5 minutes.
6. Add onion and stir.

Optional: There’s a significant Chinese influence in Peru and a twist to the dish is to add 1/4 teaspoon of soy sauce to the dish before serving as the umami enhance the flavours. I highly recommend.

A traditional garnish is corn and sweet potato as side.


  1. Jozef Maxted on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    That looks great! We are planning on doing a bit of couchsurfing every now and again in South America, so its nice to hear about good experiences!
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  2. Eatlaughloveanon on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    I just emailed this recipe to my Darling Man. (It’s late and he’s too tired to walk over here and look at my screen!)
    I’ve heard about ceviche but never tried it. We are putting it on our to-do list.
    Thanks Ms A!
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  3. Bexy on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    That looks amazing! Thank you for sharing:) I think I will give it ago! I am sure my boyfriend would love it too!

  4. inka on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    It looks as if this is a recipe even I might manage and that’s saying a lot. You have a good point about couch surfing but, I’m afraid I’m too old for that. So, I meet the locals elsewhere.
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  5. Michael Hodson on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    Easy as pie. Well, a lot easier than pie. Been making it a while myself, since I had it the first time in Central America a few years ago. Really is simple. And sooooo good. I also like adding tomatoes and garlic and a few other ingredients to make the resulting sauce into a sort of salsa that you can spoon it out on the cracker with the fish. Damn, I am hungry now.
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  6. turkey's for life on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    Sometimes, you just need that local help to get the right touch, don’t you?! This looks great. Love that the lime helps to cook the fish. Might give this a go. Great photos by the way.
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  7. jamie on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    the preparation to deliciousness ration on ceviche is off the charts. might have to whip one up for christmas, thanks for reminding us about it!
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  8. LeslieTravel on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    Sounds like you had a great time couch surfing! Very cool that your hosts gave you a local cooking lesson :)

  9. Camels & Chocolate on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    Yum, that looks absolutely delightful! Oddly enough, while I eat plenty of fish when I go out to eat, I never cook with it at home. So maybe this recipe needs to prompt me to start!
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  10. Marsha on the December 18, 2010 remarked #

    That sounds so yummy…gotta try this once I get back from the holidays!
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  11. Cheryl on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    Ceviche! One of my favorite dishes. I’ll def try out this recipe. :)
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  12. Cornelius Aesop on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    Some use mayonnaise too but I typically don’t. Talapia or any other white fish can be used. As for the pepper Aji amarillo really is hard to find outside of Peru but if you are lucky you might find some stuff if you are near a Peruvian community.
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  13. Sofia on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    I have to try that some time!

  14. Sarah Wu on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    O wow, this is great recipe, thanks for the share. I had tried two Peruvian resturant here and I was wondering how they made that. It taste pretty good. Now I know the ingredients thanks to you.
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  15. Sophie on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    That sounds yummy. And not too difficult to make, even for a non-cook like me.
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  16. Alix on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    I’ve made ceviche several times at home (in Australia). Fortunately my aunt grows the orange aji amarillo that is used traditionally, but before she did, I used small red chillies, like Thai bird’s eye chillies, or even habaneros if I wanted it particularly hot.
    You can also make this with mixed seafood instead of straight fish and it’s very good.
    Don’t forget to serve it with a Pisco Sour!

  17. laradunston on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    Nice post. Love ceviche! Couldn’t get enough of it in Peru but some of the best I’ve had has been in Buenos Aires. Once you learn how to make it, it’s a cinch, and there are countless variations – all delish!

  18. Jim on the December 19, 2010 remarked #

    As chief cook and bottle washer in our house during the week, I’m going to try this out! Thanks Ayngelina for the recipe.
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  19. Cam on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    YUM! Love ceviche!

  20. Farouk on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    that’s looks really delicious :)

  21. Migrationology on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    When I can find a kitchen, I’m going to try it out! I love ceviche too!
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  22. Emily on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    Considering how much I love ceviche, it’s kind of ridiculous that I’ve never made it. And you’re in luck: rocoto CAN be found elsewhere, specifically in Chile :) So you don’t have to say goodbye to ceviche when you make your way south.
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  23. Phil on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    MmmmmmMm Thanks for this!!!!
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  24. Cathy Sweeney on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    Looks delicious. I’m not a big fish person, but might give this a try. Passing this recipe on to my husband who will love it!
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  25. Robin on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    Would love to give this a go!

  26. Matt | YearAroundTheWorld on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    I really love your food photos! I’m going to try and make it this week now…
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  27. JLee on the December 20, 2010 remarked #

    I am going to make this when I get home!! I LOVE cheviche. We are enjoying Rio. It’s not scary at all. We leave for B.A. on the 23rd. Sorry we aren’t going to see you on Christmas Day….

  28. Michael on the December 21, 2010 remarked #

    One of my favorite meals of all time. Makes me miss Peru so much.
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  29. ciki/agentcikay on the December 21, 2010 remarked #

    not just a pretty face eh? one day, you will cook raw fish with lime for me.. uh huh, oh yes you will;)
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  30. Nancie on the December 21, 2010 remarked #

    I love ceviche. I ate it at the Peruvian pavilion in Shanghai. I’ll have to try this one of these days.
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  31. Ryan on the December 21, 2010 remarked #

    Love that you’re doing recipes on here now. Nice! Looks yummy!

  32. Laurel @Expat in Germany on the December 21, 2010 remarked #

    Very cool! Who would have thought that a cooking lesson was included in couch surfing!

  33. Dina on the March 24, 2011 remarked #

    I love ceviche! Haven’t been in Peru yet, so I’m looking forward to having ceviche in Peru one day!
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  34. katja on the April 27, 2011 remarked #

    ah, i love ceviche. it was my homeboy during my recent trip through mexico. soooo good.
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    • Ayngelina on the April 27, 2011 remarked #

      Don´t remind me of all the delicious food in Mexico. I need to go back!

  35. Al Williams on the October 26, 2012 remarked #

    Love ceviche. There a few variations around, but I think you have it spot on. although we include a bit of red wine vinegar also to give it that kick…

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  36. peruvian cuisine on the April 23, 2014 remarked #

    i’ve had taste ceviche once only, and i think i kinda like it. so, i’ll be makin ceviche othis time. Thanks for the great recipe you had shared to us!

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