For those of you that love seafood, you know that 90% of the quality of your fish comes from how fresh it is. With that being said, you cannot get much fresher than spear fishing your own Sheepshead then turning it into Ceviche within a couple hours. A while back my uncle went spear fishing near Catalina and he made some awesome fresh Ceviche from two different fish that he caught. Even though I didn’t get to eat it right then and there, he caught enough fish and saved some so I could enjoy it the next day.
The fish that I tried first was a Calico Bass (shown above). If you like Ceviche where you taste more of the non-fish ingredients so that the fish is more of a background flavor then you will love Calico Bass. The fish is flaky and sweet so just make sure you are gentle when stirring up your Ceviche.
If you are the type that likes fish that has a stronger fish taste then you will probably like the Sheapshead. This fish is a little bit more firm but it also has a sweet taste to it, just a lot more “fishy” than the Calico Bass. Since the meat it a little bit more firm I recommend cutting the fish into smaller cubes because they will hold their shape in the ceviche. Here is the recipe for the Ceviche my uncle made:
- 1 lbs. Sheepshead or Calico Bass Fillet, diced
- 6-8 Limes, juiced (1 cup)
- 1-2 Tomatoes, diced (1 cup)
- 1 Red onion, finely diced
- 1 Serrano chili, seeded and finely diced
- 1 cilantro, handful chopped (1/8 cup)
- 1 Avocado, diced
- 2 Celery stalks, diced
- 1/2 Green bell pepper, minced
Now I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of Ceviche and I really enjoyed my uncle’s ceviche. Try it out for yourself but remember, you can always alter the recipe if you want to change the flavor profile. If you like more heat, then substitute Jalapeno instead of Serrano chili. My wife loves lime juice so if I was making this ceviche for her I would add 1-2 more limes and use a little less cilantro. I hope you try this recipe out for yourself!
Video of my uncle spearfishing in Catalina Island.
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