How to make a delicious vegan aguachile

You have to try this vegan aguachile. I’ll give you the recipe in a minute, but first, let me tell you what is AGUACHILE.

vegan aguachile

What is aguachile?

It is an amazing Mexican dish, think as it as a type of a saucy ceviche.  It is normally made with raw fish or shrimp, but unlike the ceviche, the protein is not left in the lime sauce to “cook” for 15 minutes. Aguachile is meant to be served immediately after preparing it.

The sauce is super fresh and made with lime juice, chile, cilantro, and cucumbers. It is bright, easy, and full of vitamins and minerals, the kind of food that makes you feel full of energy and even makes you want to dance a bit, total happiness in every bite.

ingredients to prepare aguachile made  with cauliflower

My version has the same vibrant ingredients in a sauce as the traditional Mexican dish. But my version is vegan, and its main ingredient is cauliflower, absolutely delicious.

cauliflower florets marinating in salsa verde

Just imagine tiny raw cauliflower florets with an amazingly fresh and spicy lime sauce with crunchy cucumber and red onion slices. Sounds good right?

An all served over tostadas (hard corn tortillas) with diced avocado and a very cold drink on the side. It is like the perfect lunch or appetizer for a hot sunny day.

“In this post, you’ll learn how to make vegan aguachile, a classic Mexican dish veganized.”

cauliflower ceviche

Tips, tricks & other recipes

In this list, you will find some tricks on how to make the best vegan aguachile without fish or shrimp. Also, you will find some ideas on how to serve it, with what and when.

  • To get the best flavors for this vegan Mexican dish, start with the freshest ingredients you can find. This is a raw dish so it is important to get the BEST ingredients.
  • Start by cutting the cauliflower into florets. This dish comes together really fast after cutting the cauliflower and you want to eat it almost immediately.
  • Ths sauce calls for serrano chili pepper but please feel free to substitute with jalapeños or even habanero peppers.
  • If you do not want it very spicy you can remove the seeds from the chile. It is better if you use plastic gloves to do this. If you do not use plastic gloves to remove the seeds DO NOT TOUCH your face, wash your hands immediately.
  • I love to eat this vegan Mexican dish with tostadas. To make them just heat corn tortillas a little longer over on the stove directly over a gas burner, o place them in the oven at a very low temperature until crispy.
  • You could also serve it with storebought corn tortilla chips.
  • I love anything Mexican, well Mexican vegan food, so I would serve this with:
vegan aguachile

So here is the recipe for my version of

vegan aguachile

and I hope you like it as much as I do. If you do, please share a picture of your dish on Instagram, share on FB, or save this recipe for later on Pinterest. I would also love to hear from you, so leave a comment with your questions, suggestions, ideas or comments.

Recipe for vegan aguachile, easy, fresh and raw.

Cauliflower vegan aguachile

The traditional aguachile recipe calls for raw shrimp or raw fish. I use cauliflower instead of seafood.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican vegan
Servings 6 people
Calories 93 kcal


  • blender
  • Prep bowls


  • 1 cauliflower cut in florets
  • 1 cucumber divided in two (peeled if not organic)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 1 chile serrano
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado diced


  • Cut the cauliflower head into very small pieces and put them in a large bowl, set aside.
  • In the blender container put the lemon juice, salt, half cucumber, cilantro garlic clove and serrano chile. Blend for three minutes and pour over the cauliflower florets. Try and adjust for seasoning if necessary.
  • Cube the other half of the cucumber into small pieces and put them with the cauliflower. Stir well and finish with the red onion slices and the avocado pieces.
  • Serve with corn tortillas, tostadas or corn chips.


You could add more or less serrano pepper depending on the level of spiciness you want.


Calories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 227mgPotassium: 558mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 184IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword aguachile, ceviche, raw cauliflower salad, vegan mexican authentic


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