Jax's Freshest Ceviche is Back!

Ceviche at Timoti's Jacksonville

What is Ceviche?

A quintessential dish of summer, ceviche’s refreshing tropical flavors are best enjoyed in the heat of the season. It’s light, bright and won’t weigh you down on a hot day. One bite and your taste buds burst with bright citrus flavors and fresh seafood. The foundation of authentic ceviche is the freshest fish possible. At Timoti’s, this dish is the perfect way to showcase our wild-caught and fresh seafood during the spring and summer seasons.


Cooking Ceviche

fresh seafood

Originally Peruvian cuisine, this classic dish has developed into various styles including Caribbean, Pacific and Mexican ceviche. Although there are many variations to the recipe, one key element holds true: fresh ocean fish. The most ceviche-worthy fish include semi-firm, white-fleshed ocean fish like sea bass, striped bass, grouper, flounder or sole. Too soft of fish with fall apart during the cooking process.

Made with the freshest possible fish, ceviche uses the acid in citrus to denature the proteins of the raw fish. Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids that break apart and rearrange when exposed to acid.  A more common way of denaturing proteins is by exposing them to heat— typically by cooking them on a stove top. In the case of ceviche, the fish is effectively "cooked" by the citric acid, no heat needed.

The citrus kills bacteria and cooks the fish while infusing it with bright and zesty flavors. A proper ceviche should be cooked like a steak, cooked on the outside and still rare on the inside. Depending on the type of fish used, this acidic cooking process will take 10-25 minutes. When the fish becomes opaque and firm in texture, it has been cooked to perfection.

To complete the dish, chefs choose which ingredients will best compliment their ceviche. These typically range from tomatoes, red onion and bell peppers to keep the meal nice and light.

Health Benefits of Ceviche

Is ceviche as guilt-free as it tastes? Luckily, this summertime indulgence will not affect your waistline. Depending on the type of fish used, a single serving typically totals 200-300 calories. With a base of raw fish, this dish is centered around a clean source of protein. Fish are low in fat and one of the best sources of protein possible.

The fresh citrus juice, red onions and pepper contribute a hearty helping of vitamins to the plate, including Vitamin C, Potassium, Biotin, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin E.

Try Timoti’s Seasonal Ceviche

Soon, ceviche will be available at our Timoti’s locations throughout North Florida. Stop by to try this exclusive summer dish!