Peruvian Ceviche

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Leche De Tigre

  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bottled clam juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Ceviche

  • 1 small sweet potato (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 ear of corn, husked
  • 1/2 ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound fluke, flounder, or sole, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Cilantro leaves

 

Preparation

Leche de Tigre

Set a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl. Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill.

Ceviche

Pour water into a large pot fitted with a steamer basket to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil. Add sweet potato, cover, and cook until just fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool.

Meanwhile, add more water to same pot, if needed, to measure 1 inch; bring to a boil. Add ear of corn to pot and steam until crisp-tender, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool completely.

Halve potato lengthwise. Using a small melon baller, scoop out potato balls and place them in a small bowl; set aside. Cut kernels from cob. Reserve 1/3 cup kernels (save extra kernels for another use).

Rub a large bowl with cut sides of chile; discard. Place fluke, 2/3 of onion, leche de tigre, and 4 large ice cubes in bowl; stir well. Let marinate for 2 minutes; remove ice. Fold in potato and corn; season with salt.

Using a slotted spoon, divide ceviche into small bowls or onto plates. Drizzle ceviche with leche de tigre from bowl; garnish with remaining onion and cilantro.

Recipe by Gast n Acurio of La Mar in Lima Peru

 

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