A Taste of Peru: Ceviche Recipe

Peru Cuisine: Try adding shellfish to your ceviche recipe for variety Peru Cuisine: Try adding shellfish to your ceviche recipe for variety




Adventure Life traveler, Amy Bergrud, learns a few local culinary secrets on our Peru Cuisine trip Adventure Life traveler, Amy Bergrud, learns a few local culinary secrets on our Peru Cuisine trip


A widely popular South American dish and a Peruvian staple, ceviche is bursting with both flavor and history. This dish has been around for centuries; early recipes stem from the Inca Empire that preserved their fish in salt, fruit juice and chiles. There are hundreds of variations of ceviche recipes to try -- households throughout South America have their own unique take on this traditional dish. But in general the core elements of the recipe remain steadfast: using citrus juice to "cook" fresh fish.

For a little taste of Peru at home, I recommend you give this ceviche recipe a try. It's easy, fresh and a palate-pleaser:

-2 pounds of tilapia (or other white fish of choice)
-1 red onion, cut into thin strips
-1 cup of fresh lime juice (roughly 8 limes). Make sure itís enough to cover the fish
-tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. black pepper
-2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped
-1 aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow chile pepper), or substitute habanero pepper. Seeded and minced.

Cook:
-Cut the fish into cubs.
-Put all ingredients in a bowl, except for the red onions. Mix well.
-Place red onions on top of mixture and let marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes
-Serve

To complete your dish, serve your ceviche with boiled sweet potatoes and corn on the cob. And you can also couple your dish with tigerís milk, leche de tigre; the leftover ceviche marinate. Add a splash of vodka to give it a little added kick.

Want more Peru Cuisine?
Learn how to make Peruvian ceviche from a few of the experts on our Peru Cuisine trip. In their article "Market Tours Offer Travelers a Make-It-Yourself Feast", The Daily Meal highlights this unique sensory-pleasing trip that invites travelers to taste their way across the country, sampling local dishes, visiting traditional markets and taking one-on-one cooking classes from local chefs. Hungry for more? Me too.

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