Ceviche requires the freshest fish (in this case, black sea bass) you can find, and calls for a marinade of fresh lemon and lime juices for curing. The acid in the citrus starts to cook the sea bass, changing its texture in the process and resulting in a delectable and refreshing dish, enhanced by the spice of the chilled horseradish broth.
Sea Bass Ceviche
- Two 2-pound black sea bass (should result in four 4-ounce fillets)
- 1 Honeycrisp apple (or equivalent)
- 1 avocado, small
- 1 cup assorted radishes
- 1 red onion, small
- 11⁄2 limes
- 11⁄2 lemons
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to taste
Make broth 24 hours before and refrigerate
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 cups ice
- Horseradish (1 pound after peeling)
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Peel horseradish (until no brown spots are left) and place in a bowl with 1 cup warm water, then dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar and 3 tablespoons of salt.
- Add 2 cups ice and microplane 1 pound of the peeled horseradish, then remove any excess and refrigerate overnight. If horseradish is too strong, dilute with more of the sugar-and-salt water before refrigerating.
- Squeeze a lemon and a lime through a fine sieve, mix well, and citrus-cure the sea bass fillets by dipping them in the lemon and lime juices and letting them marinate a few minutes before slicing the fish thin.
- Slice radishes, apple and onion thin with a mandoline, squeeze the half lemon and half lime, add olive oil, and mix in a bowl with the fish.
- Remove horseradish broth from the fridge, strain over ice in a bowl, and season with some lemon juice.
- Peel and slice avocado, sprinkle a little salt into serving bowls, and divide avocado and ceviche into portions. Then pour finished horseradish broth over each portion and serve.
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