I have big news you guys... I, after 27 years of life, LIKE fish! This is a huge deal for me. Fish freaks me out. The only time I like it is when it is behind glass or on the History channel. I don't like being in water with it and as of a few years ago, I certainly did not like eating it! The texture, the taste, not exactly my cup of tea...until one fateful day when some friends force-fed me really good sushi.
Since that day I have been trying fish dishes at restaurants from time to time (... and only if the server raves about it)... dipping my toe into the fishy waters if you will. However, preparing fish at home intimidated me, what if I mess it up? What if it tastes fishy? I think my fear stems from eating too much tuna noodle casserole and fish sticks as a child, neither of which contain REAL fish (it is all processed and grey and smooshy... ew) and neither of which did I actually like (sorry mom). Last summer a friend of ours introduced me to ceviche, naturally I was terrified and convinced that I would hate it. To my surprise, I loved it! It is flavorful and not at all fishy, easy to make, and great for your health, a win win all around.
What you will need (serves 4)-
1 lb Ahi Tuna
3 cloves garlic minced
1-1.5 tsb salt
enough lime juice to fully submerge the fish roughly 24-32 oz (I used organic pressed lime juice, because my name isn't Minute Maid and that is a lot of squeezing by hand)
Cut tuna into bit sized chunks and place into a bowl, add garlic and salt, stirring well to combine. Cover with lime juice, stir, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes- 4 hours before serving.
The acid from the lime juice 'cooks' the fish and leaves it tender and oh so flavorful! Serve with guacamole, your favorite tortilla chips (or tostada shells) and cumin roasted cauliflower with cilantro and lime.
Today it's ceviche, tomorrow it may be pan roasted Chilean sea bass, who knows, let's not get ahead of ourselves... all I know is that I must be an adult because my once incredibly picky pallet has most definitely matured.
What won't you eat? Let's see if you can change that...
*the photo of the ceviche in the bowl wasn't as pretty as I wanted... therefore it is not attached. The end.