Makes 4 to 6 Servings
Main Course

Ingredients

Mahi-mahi ceviche with ancho chile and hibiscus
  • Mahi-mahi,1 1⁄2,lb,diced into bite-size pieces,
  • Sea salt,1,tsp,,
  • Vegetable oil,2, Tbsp,,la-tourangelle-grapeseed-oil
  • Ancho chile,1,,Stemmed - seeded - and cut into rings, 
  • Whole dried hibiscus flowers,1,oz,,hibiscus-flowers
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice,1,cup,,
  • Olive oil,1/4,cup,,omed-olive-oil
  • Diced chives,1,Tbsp,, 
  • Avocado,1,,cut in half -pitted peeled and diced, 
  • Maldon Sea Salt,1,tsp,,maldon-sea-salt
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Mahi- Mahi Ceviche With Ancho Chile and Hibiscus

I made up this bright and slightly messy-looking ceviche in the early days  of Contramar, and it has been a favorite on the menu ever since. A ceviche is typically sour from the lime juice that “cooks” the raw fish. This one is also, but part of its tartness comes from the inclusion of hibiscus flowers, the same kind that get steeped to make one of the most popular aguas frescas. The hibiscus adds a subtle note of floral sweetness. And all of the acid is balanced by the diced avocado, its richness rounding out the dish. When slicing your ancho chile, use a pair of kitchen scissors instead of a knife to quickly snip them into tidy rings.

Reprinted with permission from My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Camara
Copyright 2019 Ten Speed Press

Written By Gabriela Cámara | Dec 16, 2020

Ingredients

Mahi-mahi ceviche with ancho chile and hibiscus
  • Mahi-mahi,1 1⁄2,lb,diced into bite-size pieces,
  • Sea salt,1,tsp,,
  • Vegetable oil,2, Tbsp,,la-tourangelle-grapeseed-oil
  • Ancho chile,1,,Stemmed - seeded - and cut into rings, 
  • Whole dried hibiscus flowers,1,oz,,hibiscus-flowers
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice,1,cup,,
  • Olive oil,1/4,cup,,omed-olive-oil
  • Diced chives,1,Tbsp,, 
  • Avocado,1,,cut in half -pitted peeled and diced, 
  • Maldon Sea Salt,1,tsp,,maldon-sea-salt
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Step one

Place the mahi-mahi in a medium bowl and sprinkle with the sea salt. Line a plate with a brown paper bag. Set aside.

Step two

In a small skillet over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil until it’s hot but not sizzling. Add the ancho and fry for about 1 minute. Transfer the chile to the prepared plate to drain.

Step three

Using the same pan and hot oil, fry the hibiscus flowers until crisp, then place them on the plate to drain.

Step four

When the chile and hibiscus are cool enough to handle, place them on a cutting board and chop them together until you have a deep red crumble of little bits and set aside. 

Step five

To the bowl with the mahi-mahi, add the lime juice, olive oil, chives, and chile-hibiscus mixture and toss to combine. Add the avocado and finishing salt. Serve immediately. 

Ceviche is at its prime the day it is made, so don’t make more than you intend to serve and eat.