Thursday, 14 March 2013

mix 'n' match summer ceviche

A summer ceviche, made with odds and ends from the kitchen.

Okay, so I know it's not really summer in Australia anymore... but this is a nice, simple little ceviche that I made some weeks ago that I didn't get around to posting earlier. The main ingredients for creating a tasty ceviche, as far as I'm concerned, are the fish, lime, red onion and chilli components, and all other fruits and vegetables I'd say are negotiable, making this quite a versatile recipe. So feel free to experiment with what's in season, whatever fruits and vegetables you have begging to be used - those that your instincts tell you may go well in this tangy seafood dish. The mix-and-match method was how this ceviche came about for me, after all!

mix 'n' match versatile summer ceviche recipe
(serves 2 as a main, up to 6 as an appetizer)

300g / 2/3lb fresh, mild white fish (e.g. rockling, snapper), skin removed, cut into cubes
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 small red chilli, thinly sliced
1/3 - 1/2 cup lime juice (approximately 4 - 5 limes) - enough to generously marinate all above ingredients
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small stalk celery*, chopped
1 nectarine*, cut into cubes
a bit of chopped mint or coriander/cilantro, if you have it (I didn't... )

Additional: coconut cream, to serve.

*Instead of celery, you may also consider cucumber, fennel, radish, and avocado, to name a few. 
*Instead of nectarine, you may also consider other stone fruit e.g. peach, apricot, plum; or melon fruit e.g. honeydew, rockmelon/cantaloupe, watermelon; and how about grapes, strawberries, or corn?

Thoroughly mix fish, red onion, chilli, lime juice and salt together in a glass bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Just before serving, toss through the celery and nectarine or other vegetable/fruit, and the herbs if using. Season with more salt if desired.
Add a dollop of coconut cream on top, if you like, for a smooth creaminess to help balance out the acidity.
Enjoy!

A mix 'n' match, odds 'n' ends ceviche!

20 comments:

  1. Good idea, in this part of the planet we are welcoming the spring ;-) ceviche is on the list!!

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  2. I've wanted to make ceviche for so long, but I've always been wary of getting quality seafood in non-coastal Canberra. And now I have no income and am living on dried legumes, but... this looks delicious!

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    1. I guess you could seek out fishmongers who sell sushi-quality fish, just to be safe. Hopefully you get some income soon! x

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  3. Hmmm, I wonder what a winter ceviche might look like? We're still getting snow up here:/ I bet it would look good, as does this!

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    1. Mmmmmm, winter ceviche... I'm thinking fennel and blood orange could be pretty killer. :)

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  4. I love ceviche! Never mind summer is over.. someone forgot to tell Melbourne that!

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    1. Though as of today it certainly appears autumn has finally snuck in! But still a few sporadic warm sunny days to look forward to, according to the forecast. :)

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  5. OOO how fresh :) I have a seafood exam at TAFE tomorrow so I'm taking in all the seafood info that I can wrap my brain around!

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    1. Oh yes, my parents always tell me that seafood = brain food. :)

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  6. Yum! I will still eat it during all season!

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    1. Yes! I'll see if I can make ceviche for all seasons. ;)

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  7. Is it already past summer in Australia? You know that can only mean one thing to this Canadian... YAY!! Summer is on its way here!! :). I bet you are still getting lovely temps this time of year and this fresh and tasty ceviche would absolutely hit the spot. I like the use of the mild fish in tandem with the chili/lime - sounds delicious to me!

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    1. Yup, in early autumn now. We're gradually sensing the transition, today is just gloriously sunny and warm, though.

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  8. This salad looks absolutely incredible! I love the idea of all those fresh flavours together!

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  9. This looks so refreshing!

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  10. Love this ceviche - it's so unique. I've never thought of adding celery before, but it's the perfect idea - so crunchy!

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    1. Indeed, celery is nice in so many things! :)

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