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This ceviche recipe got a 5-star rating from The Food Network, so if you’re tired of Sushi, try ceviche!
- 2 pounds tilapia fillets, finely diced* see Cook’s Note
- 1 cup lime juice (about 8 large limes)
- 1/2 cup seeded chopped tomato
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup clam-tomato juice (recommended: Clamato), optional
- 1 tablespoon bottled hot sauce (recommended: Huichol), optional
- 1 serrano chile, optional
- Grilled Tostadas, recipe follows, or 6 purchased tostadas
- Mayonnaise, for spreading
- 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
Put the tilapia in a medium bowl. Pour the lime juice over the fish & mix gently to combine. Cover with plastic wrap & chill until the fish is white throughout, about 15 – 20 minutes.
Remove from the refrigerator & drain off the lime juice, gently squeezing the fish with your hands. Discard the lime juice. Add the tomato, cucumber, onion & cilantro. Season with sale & pepper to taste. Add the clam-tomato juice and the hot sauce & chile if using.
The fish is easiest to dice when it is partially frozen; this also makes for a much cleaner presentation. Use a very sharp knife.