What is "Ceviche"?
Ceviche refers to raw fish marinated in lime, or lemon juice, usually with onions, tomatoes and chillies. The acid in the lime or lemon literally ‘cooks’ the fish, rendering it firmer and more opaque. This dish originates in South America.
‘Ceviche’ is a Spanish word, but English speakers tend to use French pronunciation rules to pronounce it so that it comes out as ‘seh/veesh’. This is incorrect – in Spanish every syllable is pronounced.
The first ‘c’ is also problematic if you haven’t studied Spanish – it is pronounced differently in Spain than in South America. Check the explanations when you hover over the colored letters. I have preferred the South American pronunciation because that is the origin of the dish.
There is a similar French dish called ‘escabèche‘ – the main difference between an escabèche and a ceviche is that the fish is fried in the former, before being marinaded in vinegar, vegetables and spices, and served cold.
This is a Spanish word, so you pronounce each syllable. The stress is on the penultimate (second to last) syllable.
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