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Special Christmas Ceviche

Special Christmas Ceviche

Special Ceviche Recipe

Bring the spirit of Christmas in the south to the table with this ceviche made with sea bass, cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro and cashew nuts.
By Carla Spuri

Photo courtesy of Sarah Carter

Ah, Christmas! Time to wrap up in blankets in front of the lit fireplace, drink glasses of luscious red wine or cups of hot buttered rum (yes, my new winter obsession) and eat rich foods: think roast beef dripping in its own juice, goose fat roast potatoes and vegetables soaked in cream. Not in Panamá. Oh, no!
In Panamá we will be getting the sunglasses out, filling the coolers with bags of ice and making ceviche as we celebrate both the start of summer and The Holiday.

When it’s 40C outside lighting the oven is not top priority but you do want to bring the spirit of Christmas to the table with sharing dishes and colours worth of the festivities like this “special ceviche” made with sea bass, cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro and cashew nuts (for texture, right?).

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Special Christmas Ceviche

  • Author: Carla Spuri
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


A fresh way to start celebrating The Holiday Season and travel to the warmth of Latin America for Christmas


  • 1kg filleted and skinned sea bass chopped into small chunks
  • Juice of 10 limes
  • 3 big fresh plum tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 cup (125gr) cashew nuts
  • 1 scotch bonnet finely chopped (no seeds!)
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped.
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup (125gr) onion finely chopped


  1. Mix the sea bass with the limejuice, onion, chilli and salt and leave to rest covered and refrigerated overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, drain most of the limejuice from the fish mix leaving no more than ¼ cup of it in the bowl.
  3. Mix in all other ingredients and add salt if necessary.
  4. Serve with fried green plantain or crackers.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
View Comments (2)
  • Hi Carla.
    Do you think this cerviche recipe will also work with shrimp cut into chunks? I love cerviche and have been looking for a good recipe. Yours looks amazing.

    I’m enjoying your blog.

    • Hi Teresa!

      You can definitely do it with shrimp or lobster as well.
      Ceviche is an extremely versatile dish so as long as you use a “meaty” fish and not something too strong (for example, I would not use salmon in ceviche) you can be as imaginative as you want.

      I hope you enjoy it!


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