You know that deep sea fishing trip where you caught that mahi then headed to the local restaurant where they made that epic ceviche? It just may be your favorite memory from your last trip to Mexico. But recreating that and dealing with raw fish, juicing tons of citrus, seeding hot chiles at home? Well, it can get scary pretty quickly. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
This Chile Basil Coconut Ceviche recipe requires only a little bit of patience and that you keep super clean in the kitchen (but you already do that now, don’t you). Oh, and this ceviche isn’t quite like that one from Mexico — instead of the tomato-lime juice combo you’re used to, we’re turning it on its head with the help of coconut milk and mango. It gives ceviche a Caribbean slant and makes for a keeper of a recipe.
Chile Basil Coconut Ceviche Recipe
- 1 pound sushi-grade sea bass cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
- 1 medium serrano or Thai chile thinly sliced
- 1/2 medium red onion sliced paper thin
- 1 cup lite or regular coconut milk
- 1/2 cup packed finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 medium ripe mango or cantaloupe peeled, pitted, and cut into small dice
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
- 1 medium Lime cut into wedges, for garnish
- Marinate The Fish: Combine fish, lime juice, orange juice, chili, and onion in a nonreactive bowl and toss until well coated (make sure the fish is all covered by the liquid). Cover the bowl then refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours until flesh is opaque colored.
- Place a strainer over a bowl and strain the fish, onion, and chili, reserving brine. Return fish to the nonreactive bowl along with 1/4 cup of the brine; discard remaining brine.
- Add coconut milk, cilantro, and salt and marinate another 2 hours (until well flavored). Season with additional salt, as needed, and stir in mango and basil. Serve with lime wedges.