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Cook Your Catch: Wahoo Ceviche with Grilled Avocado and Jalapeño-Lime Vinaigrette

Winter doesn’t have to be all heavy stews and roasts. This January, why not try something a little brighter?

Cook Your Catch: Wahoo Ceviche with Grilled Avocado and Jalapeño-Lime Vinaigrette | Mercury Marine

Featuring tangy citrus notes balanced by smoky flavors and a hint of heat, this recipe for wahoo ceviche with grilled avocado and jalapeño-lime vinaigrette is guaranteed to kick off your new year with a colorful  (and healthy) bang.

Keep reading for the recipe courtesy of | James Petrakis

A perfect light summer meal, this ceviche requires some advance preparation because the fish is smoked and cooled ahead of time. While this recipe uses wahoo, any firm-flesh fish suitable for ceviche may be substituted, and as always, ingredients may be adjusted for individual taste.


  • Citrus-Cured Wahoo
    • One 1-pound wahoo fillet
    • 2 cups coarse salt
    • 1 cup sugar
    • Zest and juice of 1 orange
    • Zest and juice of 2 lemons and 2 limes
    • 1⁄4 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • Jalapeño-Lime Vinaigrette
    • 2 seeded jalapeños, chopped
    • 1⁄4 cup rice wine vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
    • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
    • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp. sugar
    • 25 cilantro leaves
  • Avocado-Peach Salad
    • 1 avocado
    • 1 ripe peach, 1 blood orange, sliced
    • 1⁄2 cup gypsy peppers, sliced thin
    • Cilantro to taste
    • 1⁄2 cup toasted peanuts, crushed


Citrus-Cured Wahoo

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Bury the wahoo fillet in the mixture and cure for 1 hour, then rinse the fillet and cold-smoke for 15 minutes.
  3. Cool completely and slice thin.

Jalapeño-Lime Vinaigrette

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and buzz for 20 seconds


  1. Halve and seed the avocado, rub with olive oil and salt and pepper, then grill and let cool before slicing.
  2. Toss sliced wahoo, gypsy peppers and red onion in three-quarters of vinaigrette.
  3. Marinate for 20 minutes, plate, and garnish with peaches, orange, avocado, cilantro, peanuts and remaining vinaigrette.
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