Grapefruit Ceviche Recipe

April 16, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Looking for an interesting way to serve up your fish? This Grapefruit Ceviche Recipe is delicious, fun, and a great snack or appetizer.

Grapefruit ceviche on a tostada that is also on a white plate with a grapefruit in the background and cilantro sprinkled on the plate

Ceviche is outside of my wheelhouse, but it felt like a great food recipe to develop with the greyhound in mind. As a part of our greyhound series, we are going to look to the deep blue ocean for food inspiration. Today, I am going to share my Grapefruit Ceviche recipe.

Cocktail To Food

I always think it is fun to flip the script. If I can take a cocktail recipe and try to translate it to a food dish, I feel a bit of giddiness in my soul. The same holds true if I can take a food dish and develop a cocktail based on it. The ingredient that ties this all together is citrus in nature and it just feels appropriate to me.

Into Spring

For this whole series, I have felt like we have been pushing into Spring. Sure, grapefruit is primarily a Winter fruit, but we are talking about Winter in warm places. Certainly, we will not be growing grapefruit in Fargo’s Winters. So, it means warmth to me!

Cooking With Citrus

Well, it isn’t really cooking. No, the fish isn’t really raw either. I learned from Chowhound that what happens is that the raw fish, when soaked in citrus, goes through a process called denaturation. This turns the fish white and hardens it. This is how the fish in Ceviche is “cooked”.

Grapefruit in the ceviche recipe

Ceviche is traditionally made with lime or lemon. I learned that a potential problem with grapefruit is that it does not have as much acidity as other citrus fruits. So, instead of just fully replacing out the lemon or lime from a traditional recipe, we are going to place the fish in a grapefruit AND lime mixture. We will also add grapefruit to the ceviche.

Pick Good Fish

There is a local place that sells fresh red snapper, so THAT is what I am going to go with. As you can imagine, fresh fish might be a bit of an obstacle in my part of the world. That being said, the world is getting closer and closer. Even if I did not have a local fishmonger that I could trust, I could order overnight direct from some places.

cutting cilantro on red cutting board with spent lime and grapefruit in the background, as well as a bowl of the fresh stuff

nice avocado with ceviche mixings ready in the background

finished ceviche ready to be served

grapefruit ceviche on a tostada. This is on a light green plate. There is some cilantro, tostadas, a spent lime, and a graperfruit in the background

Products Used For This Recipe

  1. Wustoff Knife Set
  2. Glass Mixing Bowls



Grapefruit Ceviche Recipe

Grapefruit ceviche on a tostada that is also on a white plate with a grapefruit in the background and cilantro sprinkled on the plate

Do you like ceviche? Well, twist it up with a bit of grapefruit! This is a classic ceviche recipe with a bit of grapefruit and grapefruit juice in it.

  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Citrus
  • Cuisine: Seafood


  • 10 Ounces Red Snapper
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice (1/2 Grapefruit)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 Grapefruit, cut into sections
  • 34 diced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 slightly firm avocado, completely cleaned and chopped
  • Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste


  1. Add fish and juices to bowl
  2. Put in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until fish is white all the way through
  3. Drain juice from fish
  4. In a separate bowl, add fish and all of the other ingredients
  5. Serve with chips or tortillas

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  • Reply
    April 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I love grapefruit and it has never occurred to me to use it in anything like this. Yum!

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    April 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I love a good ceviche and your recipe looks delightful! I love the greyhound thread you’ve been doing and the grapefruit seems like a wonderful addition to the ceviche!! I’m looking forward to trying it out!

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    April 18, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    OMG yaaaas! You’ve got some of my favorite flavors in here! Right in time for warm weather when I don’t want to turn on the stove!

  • Reply
    April 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Love this fresh fish and citrus appetizer. The perfect snack now that it’s finally getting warm out!

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    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    April 20, 2018 at 11:13 am

    ceviche is one of my favoritesss but i have yet to try it at home. i cant wait to give this a try with grapefruit.

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    April 20, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    This looks AMAZING! My husband has been talking about making Ceviche for awhile. Love the grapefruit variation in this recipe!

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    April 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Wow! This looks fresh with a nice bite. Never thought to use grapefruit with ceviche, that’s brilliant! Thanks for sharing this, you’re awesome:)

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    Kim @ Berly's Kitchen
    April 21, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I have to admit, I’ve never tried ceviche. This looks sooo good, though! The colors are pretty and bright and I love the flavors. This may be something I’ll add to the “going to try” list.

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    April 22, 2018 at 11:19 am

    In another two weeks Hubby will be doing some serious fishing — hopefully I can use some of his catch to make this recipe. I love grapefruit and the flavors scream summer to me. What a fresh dish to serve when it’s too hot to cook.

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    Amanda Mason
    April 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    I LOVE a good ceviche! I typically make mine with shrimp but your red snapper version sounds DIVINE! I’m so giving this recipe a go! It looks perfect for spring and summer!

  • Reply
    Deborah Leader
    April 23, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Ben, this is such a beautiful post. I would never have dreamed of making ceviche out of grapefruit. Your pictures are just gorgeous! Awesome job on this!

  • Reply
    April 23, 2018 at 6:20 am

    This looks so flavorful, I have never tried ceviche at home but now I plan to with your detailed explanation and beautiful photos. I love the idea of using grapefruit as well.

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