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Mexican Ceviche Recipe/Receta de Ceviche Mexicano


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Surprisingly, these days are getting cooler and the hot days of summer seem to be fading away through the calm breeze of the evenings. I enjoy every season of the year, but somehow I am not ready for the hearty soups and stews that will be coming my way when Fall arrives in full blast, just around the corner. Berries, farm fresh vegetables and giant heirloom tomatoes are still present at the market, so I am taking advantage of them as much as possible before they are gone.
“Ceviche”, also called “cebiche” or “seviche”, is one of the dishes that I enjoy having in summer, even though the weather is starting to tell me otherwise. I had tried ceviche in different regions of Mexico, and the basics always apply: Fish, onion, tomato, chiles, cilantro and lemon. The most intriguing ceviche I had was in Chetumal, Quintana, Roo, it was a “Conch Ceviche”. When I saw the pulp "thing" coming out of the conch and my friend’s mom cutting it, I could not believe I would eat that “thing”, but hey! I was a guest and they were offering something special just for me. So, what should I do? Eat it! So I did eat the conch ceviche, and I liked it a lot and every time I went back to Chetumal, I always have Conch Ceviche. Live and learn.
Each region will have its own version using the fish or seafood available in the region. It all depends whether you are in the coast of the Golf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea or in the Pacific coast, but the results are similar.
Here is the typical ceviche recipe. You could use red snapper or sea bass. Or if you prefer you could use shrimp.
Makes 6 servings:
1 pound red snapper filets trimmed and cut in ½ in. cubes
¾ cup of lime juice, fresh preferable
salt to taste
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
3 chiles serranos or 1 large jalapeno, finely chopped
1 cup of cilantro, finely chopped
½ teaspoon or Mexican dried oregano crushed
2 large tomatoes , finely chopped
Now these are optional but they make a great ceviche
¾ cup pimento stuffed green olives, chopped
1 avocado cubed for garnish
4 Tablespoons of olive oil
Ketchup
Tabasco Sauce
Saltine crackers or fried tortillas chips to serve
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First marinade the fish in a glass bowl with the lime juice and salt. Let it macerated in the refrigerator while you chop the rest of the vegetables. Drain the marinade from the fish bowl. Stir in the tomatoes, peppers, onion, cilantro and oregano. Taste and add salt if needed. Marinade for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.
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To serve, fill small bowls or cups and garnish with the avocado and green olives.
If using the catsup and olive oil stir in before garnishing. The Tabasco sauce quantity will depend of everyone’s taste for spiciness.
Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.
Enjoy!
Buen provecho!
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19 comments:

  1. looks good not sue about the conch though LOL

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  2. Que delicia Mely, y que gusto verte de vuelta!
    Un abrazo fuerte!

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  3. Mely,
    que rico, el ceviche es uno de mis platillos de pescado favoritos.
    Me encanta comerlo con una tostada de esas con chipotle.

    Hasta pronto!
    Tlaz

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  4. Sobre todo, estoy impactada por tus fotografías! Parecen de todo un profesional! Bien podrías dedicarte a fotógrafa gastrónoma Mely, te felicito!

    Yo por mi parte estoy pensando irme al mercado a comer coctel de camarón el ceviche está prohibido por la SSA Ya quedan pocos días de verano y como dices, no estamos listos para sopas ni estofados todavía. Besos

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  5. Hi!
    I was so excited to find your blog! I am from Florida but we live in Mexico City right now. I LOVE Mexican food but I have not learned how to make it yet. I will be studying your blog to learn how to cook! I have a blog about saving money and some of my favorite recipes. Thanks again for the recipes!
    Janell
    www.savingyoudinero.com

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  6. My 1st experience with conch ceveche was out in the ocean near the Cayman Islands, fresh from the water the fisherman served it up, we loved it. Now thanks to you I can make it at home. Figtreeapps

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  7. Your ceviche is GORGEOUS. I love the simple, clean flavors of this dish. It's one of my favorites and always brings back memories of Mexico. Great post!

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  8. Hello CHow and Chatter, thanks for stopping by. Did you see the link to the picture?

    Hola Flavio, le untas el chipotle a la tostada o haces la masa de las tostadas con chipotle, ya me entro la duda.

    Hola Silvia, que gusto verte a ti de nuevo tambien en tu blog, se te extranaba. YA vi que tienes visitas, disfrutala mucho.


    Hola Nora,

    No sabia de las restrinciones de parte de la SSA, me acuerdo cuando lo hicieron con el cilantro para los tacos.

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  9. Hi Figtree,

    Where did you buy your conch in PA? Maybe I could get me some.

    Hello Angela, you are such a traveler, you had been all over. Great for you!

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  10. Hello Janell:

    I visited your blog about saving money and also you blog now living in Mexico. Thanks for visiting and if there is anything else I can help please let me know.

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  11. I love ceviche! El tuyo se ve tan delicioso que ya me dio hambre :D Cheers!

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  12. Mely,
    yo no le hago nada a las tostadas, compro las tostadas al chipotle ya listas, esas que se encuentran en México en el super... sigh!

    Ciao!
    Tlaz

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  13. Hola Flavio,

    FIjate que esas nolas he visto por aca. A que suspiros!

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  14. riquisimo este ceviche, gracias por el post ya que nunca lo he hecho me va a venir de perlas, tiene que estar delicioso y fresquito, te felicito,

    besitos desde londres,

    pity

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  15. Never had ceviche before. Eating raw fish is not a part of our cuisine, but it looks so healthy. As I love to learn new recipes of seafood, I must try this. I think I can find sea bass here, so I'll use it.

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  16. Hola!!

    Me encontre tu blog y estoy super emocionada!! Vivo en Inglaterra y me muero de ganas de cocinar todo lo q visto aqui. Felicidades por tu blog que esta padriiisimo

    Nayeli

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  17. omg i love ceviche especialmente de camarones mmmm!im not a good cook & i no thats sad because im mexican cuban y nicaraguensen but i would love to learn!!!

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  18. I didn't know what ceviche was at first but when my friend made it i liked it. I really dont like fish but it really does taste good.

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