Name one dinner recipe that screams summer to you - go! For me? It's ceviche, so I thought why not start off fish week with The Easiest & BEST Basic Ceviche Guide. I love ceviche because it's quick, simple to make, packed with nutrients, and light and refreshing for the summer season! Plus, it's gluten-free, low carb, high protein, and low fat.
Ceviche is fresh fish that has been marinated (aka "cooked") in citrus juices, with a heavy emphasis on fresh lime juice, then tossed in fresh herbs and produce. It's pretty simple in that the main two ingredients are fresh, white fish and lime juice - something you'll find very common in the coastal regions of South and Central America.
The marination time can vary anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of pieces you've cut your fish into. That's why I typically opt for smaller bite-sized pieces to ensure it's "cooked" through. A good rule of thumb I've heard other chefs say is, 45 minutes per 3/4" of fish piece.
But, feel free to marinate up to 2 hours, even with the smaller pieces, if that makes you feel more comfortable! However, the fish will just tend to be more chewy the longer it sits (if it's already been "cooked" within the first 30-45 minutes).
You should be able to tell a difference in both the texture and the color of the fish. The color should be opaque/white, and the fish should split smoothly with a fork just like normal cooked fish. Also, it should not smell fishy at this point either.
Some of my favorite include: halibut, tilapia, mahi-mahi, shrimp, corvina, red snapper, and sea bass.
What other ingredients do I add into the ceviche?
Think of texture here. The fish will be flaky and soft, so I recommend adding crunchy textures like cherry tomatoes, red onion, firm peaches or mango, minced garlic, etc. etc.
This is one my favorite summertime appetizers!
I love serving it with crunchy plantain chips, in a butter lettuce cup, or as a crispy ceviche tostada.
Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin baking deliciousness!
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