Fish and Shellfish Ceviche (Metric)

Customary version of recipe

Yields 8 portions

Ingredient Amount
Sweet potatoes, medium 3 ea.
Corn, medium ears 2 ea.
Shrimp, peeled and deveined, (21 to 25 count) 225 g
Sea scallops, colossal, cut into thirds 225 g
Flounder or sole fillets, cut into 2.5 cm cubes 900 g
Lime juice 360 ml.
Red ají chilies, finely chopped 4 ea.
Red onions, diced 480 ml.
Salt as needed
Cilantro, chopped 45 ml.


  1. Bring the sweet potatoes (with skins on) and 3 liters of cold water to a boil in a medium stockpot over high heat. Turn the heat to low. Simmer, covered, until tender, about 35 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then peel and slice into 5 mm thick slices.
  2. Bring 2 liters of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to an ice bath for 3 minutes, then drain and slice the corn off the cob, leaving some sections of the kernels intact.
  3. Fill a large saucepan with 3 liters of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the shrimp and scallops and boil for 60 seconds, or until whitened and curled. Remove from the water and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the fish, lime juice, chiles, and onions to the bowl. Add salt to taste. Toss together. Let sit for 30 minutes, or until the fish starts to whiten and curl in on itself. Divide the sweet potatoes among plates, then top with the marinated seafood mixture. Garnish with a few of the corn pieces and about a teaspoon of cilantro.

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Recipe credit: Marilú Madueño, as presented at the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival. Published with permission of the author. All rights reserved. Presented at the World Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006.

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