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Sea Bass & Tomato Ceviche


Choose the best-quality fish for this simple ceviche.

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  • 1/4 medium red onion, chopped, plus thin slices for serving
  • 1 large celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 habanero chile, seeded
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peeled ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt, plus more
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 pound sea bass fillet, skin, bones, and bloodline removed
  • 1/2 cup passion fruit juice or fresh orange juice, strained
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, strained, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound mixed heirloom tomatoes, whole or cut into wedges, depending on size
  • micro-greens, for serving


Servings 4
Preparation time 90mins
Cooking time 90mins
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Step 1

Purée chopped onion, celery, garlic, habanero, ginger, sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/4 cup water in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in cilantro. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Meanwhile, trim fish to create clean edges. Holding your knife at a 45° angle, slice into 1/4-inch-thick pieces; try for one fluid movement per slice to avoid shredding flesh. Transfer to a plate as you go, separating layers with sheets of plastic wrap as needed. Chill until ready to serve.

Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing down on solids to extract as much liquid as possible (you should have about 1/2 cup; this is your “leche de tigre”). Stir in passion fruit juice and lime juice, adding a bit more lime juice to balance acidity if needed.

Arrange fish and tomatoes in shallow bowls; spoon leche de tigre over. Season with salt and top with sliced onion and microgreens. Serve immediately.

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