Looking for inspiration for what to serve with ceviche? I have 20 tasty ideas right here.
Ceviche is like paradise for seafood lovers. It’s fresh, and citrusy, and lets the fresh flavors shine.
But figuring out what to eat with ceviche can be a bit of a conundrum.
Luckily, as a seafood connoisseur, I’m here to simplify things for you.
For example, you’ll never go wrong with pico de gallo, avocado salad, and gazpacho.
Ready for more seafood side dish ideas? Let’s get to it!
1. Coconut Lime Rice
Fluffy, tropical, and zesty, coconut lime rice gives your ceviche a little more oomph.
Canned coconut milk, cilantro, and lime juice perk up plain white rice.
It’s just enough to add some flavor while keeping the dish light.
Using a rice cooker gives it the best consistency. The Instant Pot, Crockpot, or stovetop methods work, too.
Ready in 20 minutes, you can easily time it with your ceviche.
2. Perfect Quinoa
Quinoa is the best. It cooks quickly, it’s high in protein, and it’s tremendously versatile.
So versatile, it even goes with ceviche.
Yet if there is one thing that’s disappointing, it’s poorly cooked quinoa.
Underdone quinoa is too crunchy. While overdone quinoa is unpleasantly mushy.
For the optimum texture, I follow this method. It gives you fluffy quinoa cooked to perfection in no time.
3. Sweet Potato Fries
Burgers, wraps, salads, sandwiches, there are so many reasons to make sweet potato fries.
What might surprise you is how good they taste with ceviche.
The sweet crunch and toothsome texture are a nice contrast to fresh ceviche.
Some ceviche styles like Peruvian ceviche even use sweet potato in the dish.
So I guess it’s not so surprising after all!
4. Corn on the Cob
Now that I’m thinking about it, Peruvian ceviche often calls for corn, too.
So why not fire up the grill and add it as a side?
Ceviche and corn on the cob is a fun summer pairing.
From cookouts to mellow Sundays, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy sunny weather.
5. Homemade Tortilla Chips
I know it’s obvious, but I have to say it. Tortilla chips and ceviche go hand-in-hand.
Those salty and crispy chips are the best serving vessel. They let you scoop up the perfect nibble of ceviche.
But don’t waste your time with store-bought chips. Your fresh homemade ceviche deserves only the best.
So take the extra 25 minutes to bake these chips. It’s worth it.
6. Baked Plantain Chips
For a fun and festive pairing, try baked plantain chips.
Their tropical flavor and crisp texture are addicting. Eat it with ceviche, and it’s hard to stop snacking.
Gluten-free and paleo, they’re a healthier alternative to a bag of greasy potato chips.
And they add a wonderful crunch to the succulent fish.
7. Easy Mexican Rice
Are you making classic Mexican-style shrimp ceviche? Then you need Mexican rice.
Fajitas, burritos, tacos, or enchiladas, Mexican rice is a staple for Mexican cuisine. Even ceviche.
The robust spices and tomato-forward flavor complement the zestiness of ceviche.
It also turns it into a more substantial meal.
8. Mango Salad with Lime
When summer hits, you can catch me soaking up the sun with this salad and ceviche.
Glowing with freshness, it’s like a fiesta in a bowl. Take a bite and your taste buds will have a party.
The combo of juicy mango, crisp cucumber, bell pepper, fresh mint, and lime is sensational.
It includes all the best bright flavors that are a perfect match for ceviche.
9. Authentic Gazpacho
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than a bowl of gazpacho with ceviche.
As an appetizer or a light meal, gazpacho is a warm-weather favorite.
The blend of tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper is uber-fresh.
Add a glug of sherry, garlic cloves, and a pinch of cumin to enhance the flavor.
The cold temp helps cool you down. Since it’s on the lighter side, it also doesn’t weigh you down like a heavy meal.
10. Chipotle Guacamole
I could turn Chipotle’s guacamole into a meal!
Creamy, fresh, and perfectly spicy, it’s addictive.
So, to satisfy my cravings, I figured out how to make it at home. You only need six ingredients and 15 minutes.
It’s a classic appetizer fit for almost any occasion, and it definitely answers the question of what to eat with ceviche.
So call up your friends, make a pitcher of margaritas, and let’s celebrate. A basket of fresh chips and ceviche is in order, too.
11. Pineapple Salsa
Add a tropical flair to your ceviche with pineapple salsa.
Sweet, tangy, spicy, and juicy, it’s a burst of freshness.
White fish, shrimp, or salmon, this salsa complements all kinds of ceviche.
For a spicier version, add in jalapenos. Or tone down the heat and leave it out.
Either way, it’s great.
12. Authentic Pico de Gallo
Pico de gallo is seriously the best salsa. It’s the epitome of freshness and the flavors are spot-on.
It’s a tasty mix of tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime.
Cut everything the same size so you get the perfect ratio in every bite.
Whether you’re throwing a party or need a light meal, it’s a must for ceviche.
Sometimes, I even make it the base of my ceviche recipes.
The only other things you need are your fish of choice and more lime.
13. Yuca Fries
Also known as cassava, yuca root is a staple in Central and South American cuisine.
So it’s only fitting to turn it into fries and eat it with ceviche.
These crispy, creamy, and slightly sweet delights are fun to munch on.
They’re an authentic alternative to regular fries. And everyone will feel intrigued to try them.
14. Avocado Salad
Basic green salads have no place next to ceviche. You need a salad that can match the enticing flavors.
So you need this avocado salad.
It’s a vibrant mix of avocado, tomato, cucumber, and red onion in a zippy herb dressing.
It’s bright, fresh, and anything but boring.
While you’re at it, throw some chips into the mix.
A salad like this can double as a salsa if you chop everything into tiny bites.
15. Black Beans & Rice
For a full meal, add black beans and rice to the menu.
This complementary duo is a complete protein. It’s also substantial without being too heavy or robust.
Garlic, onion, cumin, chicken broth, lime, and cilantro spruce it up.
It’s just enough flavor to keep things interesting while mirroring the freshness of ceviche.
16. Homemade Naan
Homemade naan is so good, you’ll want to eat it with everything. Ceviche included.
From the pillowy texture to the sprinkle of parsley, it’s heavenly.
Brush them in butter for a richer flavor. Olive oil works well, too.
I also like to add minced garlic and make extra to freeze.
That way, I can bust out all the work at once and reap the rewards later.
17. Cowboy Caviar
For cookouts, picnics, or potlucks, cowboy caviar is a great addition. You can serve it with chips or as a side dish.
Packed with beans, tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, and jalapenos, it’s a super fresh medley.
Pair it with ceviche for a Southwestern twist.
It’s easy to throw together and works well with all sorts of other dishes.
18. Easy Mexican Tostada
Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or you’re planning a Mexican feast, these tostadas are in order.
Just imagine how good they’ll taste with a fresh spread of ceviche, elote, tacos, and more.
Even if you’re not entertaining, they’re an easy dinner. You take a tostada shell, pile on the toppings, and that’s it.
These come with ground beef, lettuce, onion, queso fresco, salsa, and avocado. Or scratch all that and add ceviche on top.
19. Fish Tacos
Fish tacos and ceviche together? Yes, please!
These are two of my favorite things. I think fellow seafood lovers will say the same thing.
Each corn tortilla is overflowing with seasoned tilapia, crunchy cabbage, tomato, avocado, and cotija cheese.
Finish it off with a squeeze of lime and spicy cream sauce.
20. Perfect Grilled Shrimp
Is summer weather calling you to the grill? Invite some pals over for a seafood cookout.
Shrimp is the most beloved seafood in America. So everybody will love these.
The simple seasoning accentuates the sweetness. While grilling for a minute on each side adds the perfect char.
For the rest of the menu, ceviche is an obvious must.
Some other great ideas include salmon burgers, grilled oysters, and smoked salmon dip.
Whatever you serve, don’t forget the chips!
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