Simple Sole Ceviche

And just like that, a month goes by. Tax season is over. We leave for Europe soon [I’ll take any recommendations for Bilbao, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Montpellier, Nice, and Milan!]. The weather is starting to cooperate, reminding me why I love Portland so much. Between the weather, no longer working 60+ hours a week, and getting caught up on the self-care [massage! facial!], I’m reinvigorated. I can’t promise that I’ve stopped falling asleep on the couch at 9pm, but it’s progress.

After tax season, we skipped town for a long weekend in San Francisco. Some friends of ours were getting married, so we used that time to eat a lot of Mexican food, finally try Tartine, and see why people fall in love with Heath ceramics. Swoon.

We finally ate at Han Oak. I made reservations on a whim during a Timbers game a few weeks back. Worth. The. Hype.

We’ve been eating a ton of ceviche from La Cocina lately. It comes out in a giant, frozen molcajete [the mortar in a mortar and pestle] and it’s a thing of beauty. I decided I’d be willing to risk eating raw fish from my own kitchen since it essentially cooks in the lime juice.

After a lot of searching, I came up with what you’re seeing. It’s a mishmash of at least 6-8 recipes. The idea is really quite simple. It’s also super customizable, too. What was once a spicy jalapeno or two was rendered virtually a calm poblano once the lime juice had its way with it. I would really suggest not even bothering with a tomato unless it’s close to the season or you’re somehow getting something worthwhile trucked in. These were not worthwhile. The rest was pretty much perfect, and exactly what I was looking for.

I was shocked that it can be ready to eat within 20 minutes of marination. Twenty!

Next time I want red onion instead of white and to not put one of the jalapenos in until the last minute. I’d probably throw in a cucumber if the tomatoes still aren’t in season. The one at La Cocina has a bunch of the spicy marinated carrots in it. It’s so good. You don’t need chilies when it’s like that.


  • 1lb fresh Dover sole
  • 1/2c fresh lime juice
  • 1 onion
  • 2 small Roma tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 small avocados
  • salt
  • chips or tostadas, for serving


Keep the fish in the fridge until the last minute so it stays cold and fresh.

In a small bowl, chop the onion, tomatoes, and jalapenos into small, uniform pieces. Set aside.

Chop the fish into similarly sized pieces. Place in a larger bowl with the lime juice. Stir together until coated. Set in the fridge for 20 minutes. About 10 minutes in, add the chopped vegetables. Stir and leave in the fridge for the remaining 10 minutes.

Cube the avocado and chop the cilantro if you haven’t yet.

Remove the ceviche from the fridge. Stir again and taste for salt. Stir in the avocados and cilantro.

Serve with chips or tostadas.


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  • I went to Nice in May maybe 3 years ago. I wouldn’t expect much sunshine and definitely pack a sweater or rain jacket. That being said, the train trip I took in Nice was one of my all-time favorite travel memories. You can get a really cheap coastal train in Nice for maybe $15-20 and it takes you along the most beautiful coast through Monaco, to a little town in Italy, and then you can ride it back past Nice to Cannes – highly, highly recommend. It was SO COOL being able to say I had 3 different meals in 3 different countries in one day. You can get on and off the train and it’s really not that far of a train ride so this is easily doable in less than a day. Cannes is good place to walk around and get dinner so I’d head there last. We had breakfast in Nice, then got on the train and stopped off in Italy first for a gelato and walked toward the beach, and I think maybe shared a quick pizza. In Monaco we got off and walked down to the famous casino. I think we had a drink or snack here but it’s pretty pricey and also really busy. Still lots of fun though!
    Lastly, my love of dry rose wine came from Nice. We’d order it in the restaurants and they’d just bring a little pitcher out.

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