Scallop Ceviche with "Tiger's Milk"

35 mins (prep 25)
7 ingredients
makes 8 (hors d'oeuvres or first course) servings
In a country known for its fascinating, wide-ranging cuisine, ceviche just may be Peru's national dish. Combinations of sparklingly fresh raw fish marinated in a piquant dressing (often made with ají amarillo and lime juice) are served everywhere, from the lowliest fish shacks to the finest restaurants. For food-safety reasons, we choose to gently poach the scallops, but otherwise, this version, accented by tender sweet-potato cubes, chewy kernels of choclo (a type of Andean corn), and red bell pepper, is entirely classic. Don't forget to drink up the delicious liquid that remains after the ceviche has been eaten—Peruvians prize this leche de tigre as a hangover cure.

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  • 1 cup diced (1/3-inch) peeled sweet potato
  • 1 cup frozen choclo kernels (optional)
  • 1 pound sea scallops, tough ligament removed from side and scallops halved horizontally
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (preferably key lime)
  • 2 tablespoons pisco (preferably peruvian)
  • 2 tablespoons bottled ají amarillo or ají mirasol paste (sometimes labeled “crema”)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • equipment: an adjustable-blade slicer


Serving Size (1.94 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 0.0 Calories from Fat 0.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0.0%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 0.0mg 0.0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0.0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 0.0g 0.0%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 0.0mg% Iron 0.0mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
diced, frozen, sea scallops, fresh lime juice, pisco, or, bottled, finely chopped red bell pepper, chopped cilantro, an