Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Beware of cross-contamination from breaded or seasoned items at fish counter. Serve with gluten-free corn tortillas.


"And remember, the last and most important ingredient is to share it with someone you love. I think it always improves the flavor of the dish."
- Penelope Cruz, in the movie "Woman On Top"

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This is a variation of my other Seviche recipe to show how many different flavors can go into this simple, healthy and lovely dish. It can be sweet or spicy and you can use any fish that you like. Don't limit yourself to shrimp and scallops – use calamari, mussels or a firm white fish like grouper. Corn works great as a garnish in place of red onions or tomatoes.

I usually cut the fish into smaller pieces – about a half an inch at the largest – and they should be nearly uniform in size so that they “cook” at the same rate.

Because of the acids used in seviche it is best to use a non-reactive container to mix and store this recipe. Glass or stainless steel are best. I avoid using ceramic because older glazed pottery can contain lead.

The acid will react with the lead in some glazes but also with bowls made from aluminum, copper and plastic.

Shellfish and Fat and Cholesterol

For some reason shellfish has gotten a bad rap as being something too high in cholesterol for a healthy diet.   

The cholesterol in foods you eat is important and you should be careful but it is so much less important than total fat, saturated fat, sodium, total calories…  Basically cholesterol is at the bottom of the list of things to worry about. 

Shellfish, for the most part, has very little cholesterol.  Crabs, mussels, oysters, clams, scallops and lobster are very low in cholesterol – usually less than 50 mg in a serving.  Best of all there’s almost no fat in these guys.  It may be that it was cooking methods that led dieticians to make shellfish off limits.  Fried clams are a problem not because of the clams but because of the cooking method.  Lobster is a great food but the butter it is drenched in is pure fat. 

It may be that shrimp is what gave shellfish the bad name.  They have a fair amount of cholesterol – 200 mg in about 4 ounces.  While this is more than other meats shrimp has very little fat and almost no saturated fat.  As with any food that is higher in cholesterol using less fat when cooking results in a great dish that is great for you.    


Chipotle Seviche

Servings = 4 | Serving size =4 ounces seviche

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

This should be served between 24 and 48 hours of making.

Serve with Low Fat Corn or Flour Tortillas.


Serve with Roasted Beets or Pan Grilled Broccoli or Pan Grilled Asparagus or Cucumbers & Dill in Sour Cream or Cole Slaw or Cucumbers in Yogurt with Mint

1/2 lb large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1/2 lb sea scallops
1 large shallot
1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 cup lime juice (2 limes)
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 medium chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 large tomato
fresh ground black pepper

After the shrimp is peeled and deveined, slice it in half lengthwise along the groove where the vein was removed. Place in a glass or stainless container that can be sealed. Add the scallops to the container.

Add the minced shallot, grapeseed oil, lime juice, salt, maple syrup, minced chipotle and tomato. Fold together gently.

Refrigerate at least 24 hours before eating. Add pepper to taste and if you like, use some fresh cilantro or chives as garnish.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces seviche

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 199 Calories from Fat 47
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 1g 3%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 543mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
    Sugars 7g  
Protein 23g  
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 31%
Calcium 7% Iron 17%
Vitamin K 3 mcg Potassium 739 mg
Magnesium 73 mg