Rockfish Sole Ceviche
½ lb skinless rockfish, cut into ½ inch dice
½ lb skinless Dover or Petrale Sole, cut into ½ inch dice
1 ½ cups fresh lime juice
½ medium white onion, chopped into ½ inch pieces
½ medium red onion, diced into ½ inch pieces
2 medium-large tomatoes (about 1 lb), chopped into ½ inch pieces
Fresh hot green chiles (2 to 3 serranos or 1 to 2 jalapeños), stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
1 cucumber, seeds removed, finely chopped
1 bunch radishes, finely chopped
2/3 cup drained and rinsed black beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
⅓ cup chopped cilantro, plus a few leaves for garnish
Dash of ground oregano
1 to 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
3 tbsp fresh orange juice or ½ teaspoon sugar
1 large or 2 small ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
Tostadas, tortilla chips or crackers, for serving
- In a 1 ½ quart glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the fish, lime juice, oregano and onions. Use enough juice to cover the fish and allow it to float freely; too little juice means unevenly “cooked” fish.
- Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours, until a cube of fish no longer looks raw when broken open. Drain in a colander.
- In a large bowl, mix together the tomatoes, green chiles, beans, cucumber, radishes, garlic, cilantro, and optional olive oil. Stir in the fish and season with salt, and pepper, usually about 1/2 teaspoon.
- Add the orange juice or sugar. Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately. Just before serving, gently stir in the diced avocado.
- Working ahead: The fish may be marinated a day in advance; after about 4 hours, when the fish is “cooked,” drain it so that it won’t become too tangy. For the freshest flavor, add the flavorings to the fish no more than a couple of hours before serving.