What is Aguachile?
Summer is no time to be stirring over a hot stove. Even firing up the grill loses its appeal when the outside temperatures hover around 90 degrees.
Too hot to cook? Don’t do it. Love ceviche? Try Mexico’s aguachile.
According to the Larousse guide to Mexican Cooking, aguachile hails from Sinaloa. The most classic recipe includes fresh raw shrimp, cucumber, red onion, lime juice, and chilies (typically serranos or jalapeños). These ingredients become pulverized with some water—hence the name.
Most ceviche dishes marinate for about 15 to 30 minutes for optimal curing time. Aguachile chefs serve this dish immediately upon tossing the seafood with the lime.
In this variation of the dish, toss sweet raw scallops with lime juice, jalapeño chilies, cucumber, and red onion. Then immediately serve with tostadas and avocado (and if you like, beer or tequila). See below for a few adult beverage suggestions.
To recap, kitchensanity.com defines sea scallops as the muscular tissue used to keep the scallop closed is actually the flesh that is served on your plate. This meat is white, though it may have a pink or orange tinge from the algae the scallop lives off of, or from the scallop roe or eggs.
Finally…a scallops note: Many grocery store bought scallops are treated with a chemical to help them retain moisture before being sold. When buying scallops, look for never-frozen “dry” scallops that are sold as-is from the ocean. That’s all you will find here at Motts Channel Seafood!
Recipe credit: Daniel Gritzer as published by seriouseats.com.
Photo credit: Vicky Wasik
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Happy Summer from all of us a Motts Channel Seafood.