Vegan ceviche can be made using a secret ingredient: Chayote! Instead of using fish, we’re going to mimic the texture with chayotes to make a vegan ceviche. You can also use the same technique to make vegan fish tacos with it!
Ceviche Using Chayote
I saw an interview on Medium where they interviewed chef Karla Torres Ortega, about her use of chayote in place of fish. I was super curious about this weird vegetable I had never seen before! Naturally, I needed to give this an Edgy Veg twist.
So, what is chayote? A chayote is from Mexico and looks like if a potato and a cucumber had a baby. The Mexican Chayote is a type of summer squash but with the taste and texture a cucumber and a potato combined, kind of like jicama. It has a light flavour and crunchy texture, making it a very interesting substitute for fish when cooked and marinated properly.
I wanted to test this first with a ceviche recipe, because of the nature of the vegetable. I knew it would fair well with the sweet and tangy flavours the dish is so well known for. Next, I am for sure going to try it as a taco or grilled fish substitute. I shall report back.
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DAIRY-FREE | SHELLFISH-FREE | GLUTEN-FREE
Ceviche is made slightly differently around the world, but it apparently originated as a Peruvian dish where they use raw fish and cook it in lime juice. Many cultures and places around the world make ceviche in different ways using different ingredients, so my vegan ceviche will be made as a mix of ingredients from many cultures.
I typically like my vegan ceviche with some mango, avocado, and corn served with tortilla chips. Feel free to dress this up with whatever you’d like in your vegan ceviche.
VEGAN CEVICHE INGREDIENTS
This recipe has the following ingredients:
- lime juice
- fresh orange juice
- red onion
- cherry tomatoes
- fresh corn kernels
- extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Tostadas, tortilla chips or saltine crackers
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT I USED:
- Cutting Board
- 2 Large Bowls
- 1 Medium Bowl
- Slotted Spoon
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Tips on making Vegan Ceviche:
- Make-Ahead: The chayote can be marinated a day in advance. Be sure to drain it at the 4-hour mark so it does not taste just of lime. Then simply cover, and store in the fridge until it’s ready to use.
- Serving tip: Place the ceviche in a large bowl and place a variety of serving options around it in small bowls. Then allow people to spoon it onto the crisp or serving item of choice. I love variety when I serve this dish, and so will your guests!
Vegan Ceviche Recipe
- 2 chayotes
- 1½ cups lime juice
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tbsp ground up nori or seaweed of choice
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 4 radishes, cut into thin half-moons
- 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped cilantro + extra garnish
- 1 mango, cubed
- ½ cup fresh corn kernels
- 1 large ripe avocado, diced
- 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt, to taste
- Tostadas,tortilla chips or saltine crackers, for serving
- In a medium pot bring water to a boil.
- Place chayote into the pot and cook for 15 mins, or until a knife or fork can be inserted easily. They should still be firm enough to hold their shape, not become mushy.
- Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath.
- In a separate bowl, place onions and cover with water and some lime juice. Cover and refrigerate.
- Place chayote into the ice bath, to stop them from cooking further. Drain well.
- Once cool enough to handle, peel them and discard seeds and touch areas, then cut them into ½-inch cubes.
- In a glass bowl, add lime juice, orange juice, and seaweed and whisk to combine.
- Add cubed chayote and gently combine with the marinade. Making sure it is covered completely in lime juice. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes, I find 2-4 hours is best.
- When ready to serve; in a large serving bowl, place drained red onion, tomatoes, radishes, jalapenos, cilantro, mango, and corn.
- Reserve some of the lime marinade, and drain the marinated chayote.
- Add chayote to the bowl with the fruit and veg, along with 1 tbsp olive oil, gently fold to mix with your hands.
- Taste and add more oil, lime juice or salt as necessary.
- Garnish with extra cilantro.
- Serve immediately with tostadas, tortilla chips or saltine crackers.
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