Jalapeno Lime Kingfish Ceviche Recipe

Summer is coming! Right now is the perfect time to start planning a get together with this vibrant recipe from the HostCo menu. We serve this dish as a canape at our events but get creative and try it out in a tortilla as a fresh taco filling.

 Kingfish Ceviche

Jalapeño lime kingfish ceviche, spiced quinoa 

Serves 20 (canape size)


1kg Kingfish


2 Bunches Coriander                        

200ml Lime Juice

1 Spanish Onion, chopped

2 Garlic Cloves

120g Brown Sugar

1 Jalapeno Chilli  

50ml Fish Sauce or Dashi Extract 

150ml Vegetable Oil or Pomace Oil

Ice Cubes 

Spiced Quinoa

100g Quinoa  

1tsp Garlic Powder 

1tsp Chilli Powder

Chef’s Tip: Dashi extract intensifies the umami and seafood flavouring into the dish, which works well with seafood proteins. Pomace Oil has a more delicate flavour than normal vegetable oil, which makes it the preferred oil used for marinades in professional kitchens.




  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor, except for the oil and ice cubes. Then blend into a puree consistency. Chef tip: Cut everything into manageable size to prevent ingredients from being over bruised during the blend. Bruised ingredients lead to dull flavouring.
  2. Add a couple of ice cubes into the mixer to loosen the mix. Chef tip: Adding ice cubes rather than water dramatically cools down the temperature in the mixer which keeps herbs vibrant.
  3. Once puree is reached, set the processor in a slower setting and steadily incorporate the oil.


Spiced Quinoa

  1. Heat up one cup of vegetable oil in a pot up to 110c, pour in quinoa to lightly fry until they puff up.
  2. Add in the seasoning with a touch of salt to taste. Chef tip: best to add all the seasoning while the puffs are warm to make sure the flavours are completely enveloped with each morsel.



  1. Dice the kingfish to desired size, we recommend 3mm dice (or roughly the size of a jelly bean). 
  2. Completely submerge into the marinade for 2 hours before serving to ensure the acids cook the fish.



  1. Depending on what vessel you have available, the key is to keep the dish within two small bites or one. A shot glass would work perfectly! Spoon the marinated kingfish into the glasses. 
  2. Only top of the ceviche with the spiced quinoa before serving to preserve its crispiness. Visual tip put enough quinoa to cover the bottom layer to spark curiosity with guests, especially if your glass is opaque! Top with fresh herbs such as red sorrel or coriander that you have handy.
  3. We use freshly made crispy quinoa, but feel free to replace it with another crispy component such as spiced puffed rice which heightens the dish by giving it depth of texture.

Kingfish Ceviche Illustration 

Let's create your perfect event menu!