Halibut Ceviche for Good Health

When it is hot outside, I often have little to no appetite for anything warm. Instead fresh, raw foods get my stomach a growlin'. I love salads and fresh fruit, but sometimes I crave a little something different. Today I made a summer favorite, halibut ceviche. It is cool, it is refreshing, and it is tasty! Ceviche is a latin american dish, where raw fish or seafood, is "cooked" in lime and lemon juice and mixed with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, and jalapeno. The flavors of this meal always take me back to my travels abroad in Central America. Ahh...the good times at the beach and in the jungle.

So what is so good about ceviche? Well its fresh, quick and easy to make, tastes delicious, and is full of healthy fats and lean protein. Halibut is a deep water fish and is known for its good omega-3 fatty acids, which are easily destroyed by heat. Therefore, ceviche is a great way to get the most out of the fresh seafood.

Fatty acids are important in a balanced diet, especially if they are essential. Essential fatty acids cannot be made from triglycerides, but can only be taken in through food. Omega-3 fatty acids happen to be essential and play a large roll in reducing inflammation in the body. They help increase the ratio of HDL/LDL, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease blood pressure, and decrease inflammation. Today the western diet has a very unbalanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, promoting many diseases involved with inflammation such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. Although both are essential, we are getting 15x more omega-6 fatty acids in our diets, and hardly any omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 is part of the inflammation response in our bodies, whereas omega-3 counteracts this process. We need omega-6 to help in immune response. However, if we are consuming too much omega-6, our bodies will undergo a continual inflammation response. This can be harmful over long periods of time. Researchers have found that increasing our ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 increases suppressive effects of pathogenic diseases.

Omega-6 is found in most vegetable oils and grains and therefore is consumed readily. Large amounts of omega-3 is found in deep-water fish, chia seeds, flax, walnuts, and animal products from pasture-raised cows and chickens.

Halibut also provides good a source of vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin B6, and tryptophan. Vitamin B12 helps stimulate healthy brain function and blood formation, while niacin, B6, and tryptophan work together to promote ATP (energy) production. Tryptophan is also a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate appetite, sleep patterns and mood.

Wow, isn't Halibut great? Not to mention a 4 oz. serving has 30 grams of protein and weighs in at only 160 calories. Therefore, not only is ceviche a nice refreshing summer meal, but it will help keep you energized for the rest of the day.

Ceviche is great as an appetizer or as a light meal. Let the flavors of Central America keep you healthy and fit over the next hot summer months.

Halibut Ceviche
Makes a large bowl full 

1 pound fresh halibut filet
3 roma tomatoes, diced
3 organic limes
2 organic lemons
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 bundle cilantro, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt
fresh ground pepper


1.  Lay the halibut face down, and while pulling the skin back, use a sharp knife to separate the meat from the skin.
2. Dice the filet into small chunks, and put into a large bowl.
3. Zest 2 limes and 1 lemon, and put zest into bowl.
4. Juice all the limes and lemons and add juice to the bowl. Stir well
5. Leave in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
6. Add the onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, and olive oil.
7. Season with sea salt and pepper. Mix well.
8. Allow to rest at least an hour in refrigerator before serving.

I love to serve ceviche with avocado and baked corn tortillas. My favorite way to serve corn tortillas is to brush each side of the corn tortilla with a little bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Then bake in 450 degree oven until lightly crispy.

Simopoulous, AP. The Importance of the Ratio of Omega-6/Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids. (2008)
Worlds Healthiest Foods: Halibut, Omega-3

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