Saturday, September 17, 2011

Plenty of Fish in the Freezer-Making Halibut Ceviche

We have several pounds of fish in our freezer from the fishing trip my fiance went on when he was visiting Alaska. I'm determined to use it up before we end up with more-ack! To that end, last night we made a halibut ceviche. It's basically my own recipe made from cobbling together several recipes I found online.
For those of you not familiar, ceviche is a fish dish found in South American cuisine. I personally had it for the first time in Peru. Ceviche is not cooked-raw fish or seafood is marinated in some kind of citrus (lemon or lime) juice, usually along with other ingredients (such as onions, chilis. For more info see: Obviously, as with sushi or any other raw fish dish, you need to be careful that you use very fresh fish, and there is some risk of food poisoning from raw fish. Ingredients: 1lb of Halibut - cut into 1/2 inch cubes juice from 5 lemons juice from 5 limes 4 jalapeno peppers, diced and seeded 1 sweet onion, diced 1 bell pepper (we used orange), diced 3 medium tomatoes (we used some pretty purplish ones), diced fresh parsley and cilantro-diced salt and pepper-to taste, if desired
Cube halibut and dice jalapeno peppers and mix with lemon and lime juice in a non-metallic bowl (glass or plastic will work). Cover and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours.
Dice onion and bell pepper and add to mixture. Stir well and refrigerate for about 1/2 hour.
Dice fresh tomatoes, parsley and cilantro, salt and pepper. Add to mixture and serve.
You can serve this with corn and potatoes (which is how I saw it done in Peru), or rice, avocado, tortilla or plantain chips, or whatever you want, really! We had ours with a whole grain rice 'medley' and sweet potato tortilla chips (both from Trader Joe's!) This recipe is really a lot of fun to make-and easy apart from all the waiting. I love how it got more colorful as we went along. I tried this once before-several months ago-with a mix of halibut and salmon, but never got around to writing down what I did. I really preferred the halibut over the salmon. You could easily make this with most other white flesh fish, I think. 

 Do you guys like ceviche? Has anyone tried making it? It's really easy, just a lot of time marinating. What would you add? How would you serve it? Please leave me a comment and let me know!


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