Growing and Cooking Your Own Food

Mexican Scallop Ceviche – Low Carb

A fresh, citrusy Scallop Ceviche is just the thing to liven up your spirits while waiting for the first daffodils of Spring. I recently tried this Scallop Ceviche as an appetizer, although I also found it made a great foil for a burger topping. I’ve heard of using ceviche as a pizza topping, but alas, pizza is one of those by-gone things at our low-carb household.

Jump to Recipe
Recipe for Mexican Low Carb Scallop Ceviche
Mexican Scallop Ceviche
Jump to Recipe

What Type of Fish is Best for Ceviche?

Actually, any white fish—either fresh or saltwater—can be used. Traditionally, Mexicans prefer “fatty” seafood, such as mackerel and pompano. Some cooks, though, like the more delicate sole, while others go for shrimp. I had the Scallop Ceviche once at a restaurant and decided that scallops were going to be my go-to fish for this dish.

Mo matter what kind of fish you choose, the key to a great ceviche is fresh fish. Since I live in land-locked Minnesota, I opted for fresh-frozen, and I was plenty happy with the results.

How long to “cook” Scallop Ceviche?

Ceviche is made by marinating pieces of fish in citrus juice. Essentially, the acid from the juice denatures the proteins just as heat might, giving the seafood a cooked texture and taste—but without any grilling, sautéing or other cooking. Read that as “quick and easy”

There are no set rules about how long ceviche should marinate in citrus before being served. Some chefs will serve their ceviche immediately after adding the acid, which gives it a more raw texture and taste. Some people will let it marinate for six hours or more.

Ceviche can get mushy if you leave it marinating for too long, but I have to say that I made a big bowl, and have been nibbling at it for 2 days without the scallops getting mushy.

Freshness is the main point of ceviche however, so usually the recommendation is between 20-40 minutes for “cooking”, with anything longer than five or six hours as probably too long for ultimate freshness.

And by the way, after the dish has marinated, you may either keep or drain off the liquid, depending on whether you prefer “wet” or “dry” ceviche. 

Recipe for Mexican Low Carb Scallop Ceviche
Print Recipe
0 from 0 votes

Mexican Scallop Ceviche

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: scallop ceviche
Meat & Poultry: seafood
Servings: 6
Calories: 127kcal


  • 1 1/2 lb scallops bay scallops or large scallops cut into thirds
  • 2 medium oranges juiced
  • 4 medium limes juiced
  • 1 cup red onion chopped
  • 2 tsp Chile spice Mild, medium or hot spice works but stay away from the smoked spices
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes use fresh if available
  • 1 med cucumber peeled and coarsly chopped
  • 1 med jalapeno optional (minced)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro minced
  • 1 med avocado peeled and chopped (save doing this until serving time)


  • In a large bowl, combine everything except the avocado and cilantro. Mix together gently
  • Refrigerate 20 minutes to 2 hours for freshest taste.  Can refrigerate overnight but best served within a couple of hours.
  • Before serving, peel and chop the avocado and mince the cilantro.  Gently stir into the bowl of ceviche.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 14g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 39.8mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.9mg

For more information on low carb lifestyles:

For a list of allowed foods and tips for low carb and keto diets, click here. 

If you are experimenting with the nuances of the various low carb diets and want more information on how they differ, click here.  

And finally, if you have met your fat loss goals and are curious about some maintenance strategies, click here.

Online Coaching Available:

I have followed the slow carb diet for 2 years, the keto diet for 1 year and now I currently do a nuanced version of the best of both including a 16/8 intermittent fasting protocol.  I have put my “been there done that” knowledge to work helping people figure it out and customize the approach that works for them.  I am currently an online fitness coach (info can be found here if you’re interested), and have just hit the 325-client mark.  Come and visit me and see if online coaching might be for you!

If not for diet or exercise, there are other coaches on the site that coach anything from writing a blog, to getting up early, to getting rid of that pesky procrastination.  Explore the site while you are there.  There are some wonderful coaches and the testimonials will tell you what you need to know.  Click here to get to my profile and then explore others from there.

1 Comment

  1. […] For two other recipes that use scallops in delicious, unique ways, check out Seared Scallops in Grapefruit Butter, or Scallop Ceviche. […]

We'd love to engage with you. Comments are always welcomed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: