The warmer the weather gets, the less willing I am to do a lot of indoor cooking. This Keto deconstructed smoked salmon ceviche recipe is perfect for summer snacking.
What is Ceviche?
Ceviche is a dish consisting of raw fish that has been cured in citrus, spiced, and paired with items such as avocado, onion, corn, or chips.
It’s very important to use fresh fish for ceviche since you’re eating it raw. That reduces the chances of getting food poisoning.
Ceviche is thought to have originated in Peru (although some argue that it’s from Ecuador) back in colonial times.
It’s incredibly popular in South America and Mexico and is having a bit of a moment in the states too.
There are lots of regional variations on how ceviche is prepared. In South America, you’d likely serve ceviche with corn, sliced onions, black pepper, and plantain chips.
More specifically, in Chile, you would likely add garlic, red pepper, cilantro, and mint. In Ecuador, you might have shrimp ceviche with tomato sauce added, sort of like shrimp cocktail but with less sauce.
As you might expect, Peru takes its ceviche very seriously. In fact, June 28 is national ceviche day there.
Their classic recipe marinates the fish in bitter orange juice or key lime before pairing it with chili peppers, onions, salt, and pepper.
In Mexico, they like to serve ceviche either with or on top of tostadas. They get pretty creative with the main ingredient, sometimes including octopus or squid.
How I Made This Keto
The thing about ceviche is there’s no one way to make it. That makes it fairly simple to make it Keto, as you just need to think restricting your ingredients to low-carb foods.
This recipe is a little different from most ceviche because there’s no need to marinate the fish. Your smoked salmon was already cured.
We’ll still use lime juice to achieve the flavor of traditional ceviche, however.
I used cucumbers for a nice fresh flavor and bit of color. Creamy avocados add interest to the texture of the dish.
To keep it Keto, I did not add common ingredients like corn, tortilla chips, plantain chips, tostadas, and sweet potatoes.
More Keto Fish Recipes
Seafood is great for your ketogenic diet. It’s good for you and doesn’t have much in the way of carbs.
There’s really a lot of different ways to prepare fish, as shown in this post of Keto fish recipes.
You’ll find everything from Philly rolls to fried sardines to baked salmon. Enjoy!
This ‘deconstructed’ ceviche has a lovely smoky, salty flavor.
- 1/4 cucumber (55 g), cut into thin sticks
- 2.8 oz (78 g) of smoked salmon slices
- 1/2 large avocado (100 g), peeled and sliced
- 1/2 lime
- freshly ground black pepper
- cilantro, to garnish
- Place the cucumber, smoked salmon, and avocado on a plate. Generously squeeze the lime over the plate. Season with pepper and sprinkle cilantro on top. Enjoy!
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 4 g
- Calories: 264
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 17 g
- Carbohydrates: 11 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 17 g