Tuna Ceviche with Avocado and Serrano Chiles

Tuna Ceviche With Avocado and Serrano Chiles Recipe
Photo Credit: Margot Foster

Updated Jun 16, 2017 @ 6:06 pm

Ceviche recipes vary from all over South and Central America. Tuna is often used for ceviche in Mexico, and the dish simply flavored with lime, chile, onion and cilantro. Serve the ceviche on leaf lettuce with tortilla chips along side. Pacific Ocean tuna, especially skipjack and albacore, are the most sustainable species. To find all fish sustainable seafood species, go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide.

Tuna Ceviche with Avocado and Serrano Chiles

  • Serves: 4
  • Total Time:50 minutes
  • Active Time:5 minutes
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  • 1 pound sushi-grade tuna
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado
  • 1 small, ripe plum tomato, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from 2 to 3 limes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


  1. Line a small baking sheet with parchment. Slice the tuna in ½-inch slices, place on the sheet and freeze for 15 minutes. Cut the tuna in ½ dice and chill.
  2. Meanwhile, place onion in a medium bowl; cover with cold water, let stand 15 minutes and then drain.
  3. Dice the avocado and add to the bowl with the tomato, serrano, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and 2 generous pinches salt; toss well. Add the tuna, drizzle the remaining 3 tablespoons lime juice and the oil on top, toss gently then refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the cilantro to the tuna mixture, season to taste and toss gently. Serve the ceviche on leaf lettuce with tortilla chips.
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