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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Colombian Passion Fruit Ceviche



Remember my trip to Miami? Perhaps the best thing I ate there was an amazing ceviche which I am now replicating just for you. I loved it so much I even made a video! 


Actually, I'll take this moment to put in a plug for my new video series. If you liked that video, make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel so you can watch all the upcoming ones. I promise I've got some good stuff in store for you!

Back to the ceviche. When I had this dish in Miami I was immediately blown away upon first bite of the ceviche. The fish was so fresh. Living in San Diego, I'm used to Mexican ceviches where the cut of the seafood is much smaller. The ceviche had both lime and passion fruit as the acids and I found it to be an amazing combination. Can you ever go wrong with passion fruit? 

The key to any ceviche is the freshness of the fish. When you go to buy the fish (if you aren't catching it yourself) ask to smell it first. It shouldn't smell fishy at all. Frozen/defrosted isn't the best option, but I know that most people don't live right next to the ocean so it can work. I tried it with frozen/defrosted just to prove to you that it works. 

Ceviches are incredibly simple, but also incredibly flavorful. The passion fruit adds a burst of flavor that is unexpected and satisfying. It gives this bright flavor that is killer. I admit that I live in the land of passion fruit, but guess what? It is out of season right now! Since you may not have access to fresh passion fruit in your local grocery store I decided to go with a passion fruit juice. Mine was actually a passion-guava-orange blend. Still tasty. But if you can find a fresh passion fruit, go for it. Just cut off the stop and scoop out the insides and stir it right in! Whatever you do, serve it fresh!



Time to Make it: About 5 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lb fresh white fish (sea bass)
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup passion fruit juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup sliced red onion
pinch of salt


Instructions

1. Cut the fish into bite sized pieces.

2. Place the fish in a bowl and squeeze lime juice over the top. Pour in passion fruit. Throw in a pinch of salt, and cilantro. 

3. Serve on a bed of fresh greens (optional) garnished with red onion slices. Eat right away!


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