The flavor of Ceviche is the tangy taste of lime, with a bit of garlic and spice mixed in. For the typical American, Peruvian ceviche will blast your mouth with what seems like a thousand new flavors and sensations.
It is the most prominent of Peruvian dishes, actually is a Peru national dish. It shouldn’t be missed on a trip through Lima.
If you’re feeling adventurous, or would like to reminisce about the trip you’ve already taken, here is a basic Peruvian ceviche recipe that you can fool around with one Sunday afternoon.
1 1/4 pounds fish fillets ( sea bass, sole, or flounder), cut on the bias into 1-inch dice
1 quart water, boiled and chilled
1 red onion, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and sliced thin
1 aji amarillo, rib and seeds removed, diced
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
2 ears corn, cut in 1/2
1 sweet potato, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 head butter lettuce
Have grill pre-greased and preheated to medium-high. Place fish in a non-reactive bowl. Add 3 cups of chilled water to fish and rinse gently. Drain water. Add onions to remaining chilled water and let soak.
Meanwhile, place aji, garlic, and pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle. Grind to make a paste.
Combine fish, lime and lemon juices, aji and garlic paste, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Let marinate for 10 minutes. Brush corn and sweet potato slices with oil and place on grill. Cook about 10 minutes.
When ready to serve, divide fish ceviche among 4 lettuce cups and top with onion slices. Serve with grilled corn and sweet potato slices and garnish with Japanese seaweed, if desired.
Hat tip to the Food Network for their recipe.