I’m a very lucky girl because the man in my life owns a boat and he’s usually successful when he goes fishing. I cherish fresh seafood and trust me you can’t get fresher than straight off a boat!
I came up with this simple ceviche dish when I tired of salt and pepper squid, (first world problem I know), as I feel this can mask the flavour of fresh seafood. Ceviche is so simple it’s crazy. Basically acid from the citrus juice ‘cooks’ the seafood. Easy. The key is to use the freshest seafood you can get your hands on. If you don’t have the luxury of a talented fisherman on hand, go to a fishmonger you trust. This recipe can also be used for raw prawns, scallops, octopus, snapper, salmon or tuna.
4 fresh whole squid
½ red onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4-5 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
1 large chilli finely chopped (optional and to taste)
Flat leaf parsley
Cherry tomatoes (optional)
Salt to taste
- Mix a small pinch of salt and granulated sugar with the finely chopped red onion and red wine vinegar and set aside for 20 minutes.
- Clean the squid and cut the bodies (including flaps, if attached) into small strips or squares.
- Combine the squid, chilli, red onion and the red wine vinegar with fresh lime or lemon juice. Mix well and ensure the squid is well coated in the marinade.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
- Stir through some chopped flat leaf parsley, quartered cherry tomatoes (optional) and drizzle lightly with olive oil to serve.
* You could also use red capsicum (peppers) instead of cherry tomatoes if you’d prefer as this adds a lovely sweetness and burst of colour to the ceviche.
** If you feel uncomfortable cleaning your own squid from scratch just ask your fishmonger and they should be happy to help.
*** I like to serve ceviche in individual shot glasses when I’m being a show-off, but it’s also lovely when served on some toasted brown bread as the bread soaks up the tangy marinade.
Squid is high in selenium that can help reduce inflammation in the body. As with many types of fresh seafood, squid is a rich source of Omega 3 good fats that can also help keep your heart healthy and strong. It’s lower in saturated fat than red meat and yet it’s a great source of protein that provides energy and also keeps your muscles, nails, hair and skin healthy. But most of all, not only is squid delicious, it also contains magnesium, which is wonderful as it helps relax your nerves and muscles.