Weekend Dish – Tilapia Ceviche, Two Ways

Andy and I have always enjoyed ceviche and have often talked about making it but have never followed thru. This weekend that was all going to change. And if we were going to make ceviche – why not try two different recipes?

So while we were at the farmer’s market this weekend to pick up some little neck clams and locally caught shrimp, we picked up the veggies we needed for the ceviche. Look at the bounty below..cucumber, fresh roma tomatoes, a bunch of onions and cilantro.

For our first try at ceviche, we didn’t want to use our coveted local shrimp until we had the perfect ceviche recipe. So we decided to make tilapia ceviche for this go around.

Ceviche is basically seafood marinated in citrus juices. The citric acid breaks down the proteins, effectiviely “cooking” the seafood. Most hispanic countries have their own versions of ceviche. We started with a peruvian ceviche and a mexican ceviche.

Peruvian ceviche (as told to me by a photographer friend who lived in Peru for 5 years – thanks Andrea!) is fish cut into small cubes, marinated in lemon juice with onions, cilantro and cumin. Since cumin and cilantro are two of my favorite flavors – it was a no-brainer to try this one. Typically it is served with corn on the cob and sweet potato (but we skipped that part since we were making two ceviches plus some fresh shrimp).

Mexican ceviche (as presented on the food network in Mexican Made Easy) is fish marinated in lime juice and then drained and mixed with diced tomato, cucumber, onion, cilantro and a serrano. How can it be bad when it is basically my salsa recipe with added fish and cucumber? We substituted clamato with V-8 and a large splash of clam juice. Marcela suggested in her show serving it on top of a tortilla spread with mayonnaise…we skipped that part and ate it with blue tortilla chips. Embarrassingly enough, when I just looked at the photo, we forgot to add the cilantro to the mexican version. My only excuse is that unfortunately the cilantro from the farmer’s market was really bland…so after we started the marinating, Andy ran to the grocery store to pick up more cilantro.

All in all we liked both ceviches. Be warned – they are very potent in their citrus flavors…a little ceviche goes a long way. We will definitely be trying both of these recipes again and perhaps, testing other latin versions as well.

Peruvian on the left, Mexican on the right.

I hope you are enjoying Weekend Dish. Andy and I are sure enjoying cooking together in the kitchen and trying new recipes. Because we loved the little neck clam recipe from last week, we found another to try this week. Stay tuned for a post next weekend on Little Neck Clams with Sausage, Tomatoes and Onion over Linguine inspired by Emeril.

  • Mary Ann - July 25, 2010 - 10:18 pm

    Looks and sounds great….something I have never made, but next weekends sounds even better!!

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