If you’re wondering what to serve with your ceviche, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for ceviche.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best things to serve with ceviche include crispy rice cakes, tostadas, tortilla chips, or flatbread. Go for guacamole, shrimp broth, or oysters for a lighter option. In Peru, ceviche is traditionally served with baked sweet potatoes or corn.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Baked sweet potatoes
Ceviche and stuffed potatoes might sound like a strange combo – but it’s actually a traditional side in Peru because they help fill you up.
If you’re in a rush, keep it simple and add a pat of butter after baking the sweet potatoes in the oven.
But if you like to keep it fancy, stuff the sweet potato with some bacon, green onions, and cheese.
Check this recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. You won’t regret it.
Corn is another traditional Peruvian side for ceviche,
The starchy, sweet flavor of corn helps wash away ceviche’s sharp, acidic marinade.
You can boil a whole ear of corn in just five minutes, so it’s a great last-minute side dish.
Or you can maximize flavor by roasting your corn.
I love how Immaculate Bites jazz their corn up with some garlic and creole seasoning.
Munching roasted corn kernels feels like a party in your mouth!
Flatbread is soft and fluffy and tastes great alone.
But it gets even more exciting when you pair it with some zesty, spicy ceviche.
The lightness of the bread means it isn’t too heavy for the ceviche. Tear it into pieces and use it to mop up the last of the marinade.
My favorite recipe is from crunchy creamy sweet, which combines self-rising flour with Greek yogurt.
This recipe contains no yeast, and you can make flatbread in minutes.
There’s no such thing as too much seafood, right?
Add some oysters to your meal to really wow your guests.
You can stick with the raw theme or fry the oysters for anyone who is a little squeamish.
Why not go all out and add some shrimp, lobster, or crab to complete the meal?
Feasting at home suggests serving the oysters with mignonette sauce.
Crispy rice cakes
If you’re a rice lover, you’re in for a treat.
You could serve plain rice, but these crunchy rice cakes take it up a level.
The contrasting texture of the crispy rice cake and ceviche works really well.
Especially when the rice soaks up all the seafood juices.
I love the weelicious recipe as it uses brown rice as a healthier option.
Serving suggestion: place the ceviche on top of the rice cake. And if you’re feeling really lazy you can simply use rice cakes out of a packet!
Ceviche and tortilla chips are a classic combo – I couldn’t not include them.
The extra crispiness gives a fun element to your ceviche lunch.
And they won’t fill you up as much as rice or bread if you want to keep things light.
Tip: add a tangy salsa to your spread for some more variety.
To make them, simply fry tortillas in hot oil, then season with salt. live eat learn has a more detailed recipe.
A healthier option is to bake the tortilla chips.
The ceviche is your protein, so now you need some vegetables.
Salads are perfect because they keep things fresh.
My go-to salad is a bean salad, but a simple cucumber or tomato salad would work well too.
Another option is to go for a fruity salad with mango to complement the citrusy flavor of ceviche. Or any type of coleslaw.
Stephanie Kay makes one of the best three-bean salads. The recipe uses red wine vinegar, which isn’t as sharp as other types of vinegar.
As a French fries lover, I will eat them with anything.
But it’s not just me who will be happy to see French fries on the table.
I like a thin and crispy fry, but thicker fries will work well if you want something more filling.
Want to go easy on the carbs? Use jicama instead of potato to make your fries.
This recipe from real balanced makes cooking jicama fries easy.
Fact: ceviche tastes even better with guacamole on the side.
The fattiness of the avocado is the perfect partner for the acidic nature of ceviche.
Avocados add substance but are also healthy.
(did you know the fats in guacamole can help improve brain function?)
There are so many variations of guacamole, but my favorite is from The Busy Baker.
No time on your hands? You can also serve ceviche with freshly sliced avocados.
If you think your ceviche doesn’t have enough heat, you can up your game with some roasted chili peppers.
Roasting peppers takes away some of the heat, so they won’t be too spicy.
But they will help to wake up any sleepy diners.
Roast them on an open flame for a deeper, smokier flavor.
Afraid of too much spice? Red bell peppers are sweeter but still have the same depth of flavor.
Check Alexandra’s Kitchen for the best recipe.
Ceviche is served cold, so a warm broth helps to balance the meal, and the shrimp sticks to the fishy theme.
The broth will work best if you serve it as an appetizer before the ceviche.
Then the ceviche can act as a citrusy palate cleanser.
Place a bowl of fresh bread on the table, and your guests can use it to wipe their plates after each dish!
Copykat shares a killer shrimp broth recipe.
More ceviche pairing options
- Tostadas (Check out these shrimp ceviche tostatadas)
- Corn nuts (See these healthy homemade corn nuts)
- Lettuce cups (ceviche lettuce cups)
- Avocado slaw (no mayo needed! Avocado slaw)
The best side dishes for ceviche
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Fresh oysters
- Crispy rice cakes
- Tortilla chips
- Bean salad
- French fries
- Roasted peppers
- Shrimp broth
- Corn nuts
- Lettuce cups
- Avocado slaw
What To Serve With Ceviche
- 1 portion ceviche
- Prepare your ceviche according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Sides include: baked sweet potatoes, corn, flatbread, fresh oysters, crispy rice cakes, tortilla chips, bean salad, french fries, guacamole, roasted peppers, shrimp broth, tostadas, corn nuts, lettuce cups, and avocado slaw.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.