Feb 27, 2007

Ceviche De Salmón

From the Ceja Vineyards

Ceviche is a raw seafood dish that has been "cooked" in citrus (usually lime) juice. This citrus marinade firms up the fish and gives it a solid coloration. These details make it a very different dish from raw sushi. Many people feel safer eating ceviche, as its citrus preparation is believed to kill any diseases carried by fish.

Ceviche recipes vary widely depending on the seafood and accessories available in the area. Some ceviches are packed with full-bodied octopus and dogfish; others are lighter with the more delicate scallops and baby shrimp. The seafood is often paired with flavorful chiles and fresh herbs. The long marinade period blends the tastes together.

· 2 pounds salmon steaks
· 3 cups fresh lime juice
· Finely chopped serrano peppers (from 1 to 6)
· 3 scallions finely chopped
· 2 skinned, cubed tomatoes
· 2 tablespoons olive oil
· 1 teaspoon white ground pepper
· 1 teaspoon salt
· Chopped cilantro & lime wedges
· Glass casserole dish

· Clean and rinse fish. Pat dry with clean cloth and cut into bite-size pieces.
· Place fish in casserole dish and cover with lime juice and add white pepper and salt.
· Refrigerate 4 hours. Stir, and refrigerate two more hours.
· Drain ¾ of lime juice.
· Mix together serrano peppers, scallions, oil and tomatoes.
· Stir tomato mixture into fish, coating completely.
· Refrigerate 1 more hour.
· Bring to room temperature before serving (about 15 minutes).
· Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.
· Serve with corn tostadas or tortilla chips. (Serves 8)

Suggested wine: Ceja Carneros Chardonnay and Ceja Carneros Pinot Noir


Revka said...

Oh, serrano peppers! I remember from my childhood that those are HOT! Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds enticingly different

Jami Leigh said...

This sounds wonderful, we don't get much good seafood around here, I would love to try this.