Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ceviche de Soya

Ceviche is a very popular dish in Mexico. Most often, you will find ceviche made with fish, shrimp or crab. But another popular ceviche ingredient in Mexico is soya (soy meat). Soya is available dried or dehydrated in markets throughout Mexico. For those of you in the States, you might have to check your local health food store. If you're a fan of ceviche, you have to try this ceviche de soya.
Ceviche can be served as a main dish or as an appetizer at a party.

Ceviche de Soya


  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon (optional)
  • 3 cups dehydrated soy meat
  • 5 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 serrano chilies, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

In medium saucepan, bring water and onion to boil; remove from heat and remove onion. Stir in bouillon and soy meat. Let set for 20 minutes. Strain excess water from soy. (Squeeze the soy to remove excess liquid.)

If you haven't chopped your veggies, do so now. This gives the soy extra time to cool down.

In large mixing bowl, combine soy, chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped cilantro and chopped chilies. Mix until well combined. Stir in lemon juice and salt. Refrigerate 2 or more hours. (This is to let the lemon and veggies marinate the soy.)

To serve, spoon desired amount of ceviche on a tostada. Garnish with avocado slices. Enjoy!!!

With Love,
Leslie Limon


  1. oh my goodness, I was so excited when I seen this recipes! We often buy the soya to make tacos, and wanted to try ceviche. we're going to try it on friday, but we're going to add things that we usually put in out ceviche, cucumber,carrot and avocado. If you have more soya recipes, please post them!!

  2. Mo,
    I hope you and your hubby enjoy this ceviche! And yes, I do have more ceviche recipes that I will be posting, so be on the look out. I haven't forgotten about the Dulce de Cacahuate recipe that you requested. My favorite peanut vendor has been on vacation and hopefully will return this Sunday.

    With Love,
    Leslie Limon

  3. Wow I go away from the computer for a week and you post all of these yummy recipes. I notice Mo found you, I'm glad you know how to make Dulce de Cacahuate. I told her this was one I didn't know how to make. Great job Leslie!

  4. Thanks, my husband requested this for lunch this week and I was trying to get it right via memory. Thanks for not making me test my horrible memory. lol

  5. Leslie, thank you for this recipe. We can't wait to prepare it. We have dried soya in bulk at our market. I always like your food photos!

  6. We've often enjoyed a Ceviche de Hongos, at the Restaurante El Camino Real, near Tzurumútaro,on the outskirts of Pátzcuaro.

    Don Cuevas

  7. Lynn: I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. And thank you for the compliment. 99% of the pics on this blog are from my kitchen!

    Don Cuevas: Ceviche de Hongos? I love hongos! My hubby takes the kids hongo hunting every year after the first rains of the season. I'm going to have to make ceviche with this year's hongos! (The most exotic Ceviche I've ever had was a cauliflower ceviche!)

  8. Ok so I totally screwed this one up. lol I know how do you screw up boiling soy and cutting up veggies. Well first off I bought the wrong soy, I bought soy de res. Then both girls decided to pitch fits during the prep of the veggies so none of them were cut up very fine. It tasted ok and I'm sure Issac will eat it when he comes home for lunch. But I must try it again. Speaking of soy de res, I have a whole bag now and don't know what to do with it, can you help out on this?

  9. omg leslie, I just tried this recipe last night, and it was really good. Thank You for sharing it, everyone loved it!

  10. Amanda: You didn't screw things up. Soya de res will work fine in this recipe. The very first ceviche I tasted was made with ground beef. Until I post more soy recipes, you could always substitute your soya de res for ground beef.

    Mo: So glad you and your family enjoyed the ceviche.

  11. Leslie, Hello I live in Puyallup, Wa and I found your blog and recipe blog and I'm soooo excited! My husband lives in Mexico and we are waiting for a miracle so he can come home. I just return from a visit one of my many 1 month visits (thank God I have been able to see him often). I love Mexican cusine and I think I'm part Mexican! Well in a sense I am because my other half is! Anyway thank you for your wonderful blog it is a GREAT BLESSING to me!!!!!!

  12. ceviche de res is call carne apache the one with ground meat>

    1. Muchas gracias, Anonymous! I had heard of Carne Apache before, but wasn't sure what it was. :)

  13. Thank you for the recipe,I actually added a bit of cucumber to it and it tasted delicious! :)

  14. Leslie, my sister made this for new years!! It was amazing!! I had not only never heard of Soy in this form nor did I ever think I would like it! My only question is, where can I get this? I tried my local markets here in south Florida but for the life of me could not find it. Please advise.



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