Scallop ceviche is really easy to make but feels like an indulgent restaurant-style appetizer. Citrusy and with a hint of heat, it's light & delicious.
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I would say there's something about this time of year that makes me think ceviche, since it's around this time last year that I shared my ceviche with potato and pea shoot salad. However, this scallop ceviche is actually inspired by a meal out not too long ago.
It was on the menu at a place we go to regularly as an appetizer special, and neither me nor my husband can ever say no to ceviche. Once wasn't quite enough either: I had to make it myself and I'm so glad I did.
What is ceviche?
Ceviche is basically raw fish or seafood 'cooked' in citrus juice. You'll find it in a few places from Mexico south, but Peru is the true home of this bright dish.
While the origins are a little unclear, the majority of accounts say it originated in Peru, at least in the more modern form, after the Spanish brought limes from Europe to Latin America.
When I was in Peru, I was told it was first made in Milaflores, an area of Lima overlooking the ocean. How true that is or not I can't say, but it was certainly a wonderful place to enjoy some.
How to make great scallop ceviche
The key to ceviche is, as you might imagine, really fresh fish or seafood. For this scallop ceviche, you are best to use small scallops (also known as bay scallops) as they have a slightly sweeter flavor and are less likely to break up, but larger ones will also work.
Just chop them up, mix with the citrus juice and chili and leave it to do it's magic. Add in a bit of cilantro before serving for an extra fresh edge and that's it.
The dish we originally had served it with plantain chips which were great, but you can serve it with potato chips, veggie chips or whatever you prefer. Pick your favorite, or why not try slices of corn on the cob and sweet potato as you might find in Peru.
This scallop ceviche is easy to make but it feels like such a restaurant-style treat. Wonderfully fresh citrus flavors and meltingly tender fish, it's an appetizer I know I could eat again and again. Try it and you may be the same.
Try these other tasty raw (or almost raw) seafood dishes:
- Salmon tartare
- Tuna tataki (Japanese lightly seared tuna)
- Ceviche with potato and pea shoot salad
- Plus get more appetizer recipes in the archives.
- ½ lb scallops small, 'bay scallops' if possible
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 red chili finely chopped
- ¼ cup red onion (or more if small), finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
- Chop the scallops into small pieces - around 8 pieces per large scallop, 4 for small ones. Put in a bowl with the lemon and lime juices and diced chili, mix and leave for a good 2 hours or more until the scallops go opaque.
- Once ready, add the chopped onion and cilantro, mix and serve. Suggest serving with plantain chips/tostones (or as I had, fried plantain slices - around ½ plantain) or a simple salad.
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See some other raw seafood recipes ideas:
- Ahi Tuna Poke from Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Miyagi Oysters with Cucumber Mignonette from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Thai Slaw with Imitation Crab from Faith Hope Love and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice