This walleye ceviche dish might be your new favorite summertime recipe.
If you are looking for a summertime recipe that tastes bright and fresh, while being pretty darn healthy, then you may have found a winner, especially if you are an outdoorsman who loves the taste of walleye.
This simple walleye ceviche recipe tastes like a warm summer day and will demand seconds or thirds from the whole family. Add jalapéno peppers, corn, or any of your favorite vegetables to really make it your own.
- Fresh walleye cut into small pieces
- Shredded carrots
- Sliced cherry tomatoes
- 1 large diced onion
- Diced bell peppers – red, green, yellow
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
- Minced garlic to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Lemon and lime juice
To get this recipe started, make sure your walleye is fresh and doesn’t smell. If it smells awful, it will taste even worse as ceviche. It’s probably a good idea to freeze your walleye, first, before using it for ceviche as well.
Freshwater fish tend to carry bacteria and parasites that can also live in humans so freezing your fish to -4 F will kill everything and keep you safe. Otherwise, you might be rolling the dice. When in doubt, freeze your fillets hard enough to hammer a nail and you should be in good shape.
Once thawed, slice the walleye in small bite-sized pieces and place in a bowl. Cover the walleye in lemon and lime juice as well as salt and pepper. Place this in the refrigerator for about two hours.
The acid from the juices will essentially “cook” the walleye in about an hour, but I tend to let it sit longer just in case. If you are in doubt, let it sit until the flesh becomes firm and white.
Next, as the walleye is bathing in the juices, dice up all of the vegetables and place in a large dish. Drizzle a little olive oil over the vegetables as well as a few dashes of salt, pepper, and garlic. Set this aside in the refrigerator until the walleye is done.
When the walleye has become firm and white, drain the juices and mix the pieces in with the diced vegetables. Pour a little more lemon and lime juice over the top and serve on of a few thinly sliced cucumbers. I drizzled a little spicy mayo on top of mine as seen in the main picture, but condiments like that are not necessary.
As you can see, this easy walleye ceviche recipe comes together in snap, is incredibly healthy for you, and also brings some great North American game fish into the mix. Of course other fish can work as well, but just make sure you freeze them hard first; you might thank me later.
All images via Brad Smith