Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by Chef Mireille
Peruvian Scallop Ceviche with Choclo and Plantain Chips
Peruvian Scallop Ceviche is a delicious interpretation of Peru’s national dish with just enough spice!
- Peruvian Scallop Ceviche with Choclo and Plantain Chips
- Japanese Peruvians
- Peruvian Cuisine
- Peruvian Recipes
- Recipe FAQ
- Why isn't ceviche cooked with heat?
- What kind of scallops should I use?
- How long will Scallop Ceviche last?
Many cultures have a local Chinese food cuisine – You can find Cuban Chinese Food, Afghani Chinese Food, Indian Chinese Food and Trini Chinese Food, just to name a few.
Although Peru does have Chifa (Peruvian Chinese Food), Nikkei – Japanese Peruvian Food – is the more popular Asian influenced cuisine in Peru.
Lima, the capital of Peru, is the only coastal South American capital. With the Japanese expertise in cooking techniques of fish and seafood, Lima was the perfect setting to marry Japanese cooking techniques with Peruvian ingredients.
This is how Ceviche, Peru’s National Dish, grew out of sashimi.
So how did all these Japanese people wind up in Peru?
The first group of 800 Japanese came in 1899 to work as contract workers on colonial plantations.
By 1941, there were 26,000 Japanese in Peru. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US forced Peru to track them and send them to internment camps in the US.
A few hundred were sent to the US, never returning to Peru since their property was now lost to them.
However, today, there are over 160,000 Peruvians with some Japanese heritage out of a population of 31 million.
Today, the Nikkei are as Peruvian as they are Japanese.
…and the perfect representation of this is Ceviche. There are many cevicherias throughout Lima, but for the best ceviche when you make it to Peru, Al Toke Pez, a small street side vendor is the place to go!
So how do I know this since I’ve never been to Peru? I’ve been watching Street Food Latin America on Netflix. Last season was Street Food Asia. If you are a foodie like me who likes to travel and learn about local foods, I highly recommend you adding this to your Netflix watch lineup this week!
One of my two best friends growing up was Peruvian. So I grew up eating Anticuchos, Lomo Saltado and Carapulcra on holidays or special occasions. For weeknight dinner, it might be Pollo en Salsa de Cilantro (Chicken in Cilantro Sauce) or Papas Rellena (meat stuffed potatoes) for an after school snack.
Peruvian cuisine is one of my favorite of all South American cuisines. With the use of pepper pastes like aji amarillo, aji panca and aji rocoto, their penchant for a good amount of spice definitely speaks to my palate.
If you like smoky, spicy food – Peruvian cuisine is definitely for you!
Their cuisine is a natural fusion of all the immigrants that have come into coastal Lima. Chinese, Japanese, Italian, African slaves and Indigenous tribes all have left their mark on Peruvian cuisine.
In fact, one of the most popular street foods in Lima is Platos Combinados (Combination Plates) – basically it will include any variety of foods from various cuisines. So you might get some calimari with fried rice and cassava bread. In Peru, that’s normal!
Now you’ve learned all the reasons you have to visit Peru if you are a foodie…it’s time to check out some other Peruvian Recipes you can try at home before you get there!
- Mazamorra Morada – Purple Corn Pudding
- Chicha Morada – Purple Corn Drink
- Salsa Huancaina – Chili Cheese Sauce (great with potatoes)
- Lucuma Ice Cream
- Picarones – Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Doughnuts
but if you are in NYC, I highly recommend visiting Urubamba for authentic Peruvian food!
Why isn’t ceviche cooked with heat?
The acid in the marinade cooks the fish or seafood in ceviche. It is not necessary to use heat to cook the seafood.
What kind of scallops should I use?
You can make Scallop Ceviche with either bay scallops or sea scallops.
What is most important is that the seafood is VERY FRESH. For Ceviche, look for sushi or sashimi quality seafood if your fish monger notes this.
The seafood should not smell, not should the fish market. If the fish market stinks, you need to change your seafood resource!
How long will Scallop Ceviche last?
The fresher you eat it, the better. However, it can stay in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
In this version, I have garnished the ceviche with two popular ceviche accompaniments – plantain chips and choclo.
What is choclo corn?
Choclo is a large kernel white corn, also known as choclo grano. It is similar to the same corn used for hominy in the famous Pozole of Mexican cuisine and the corn processed for grits.
Choclo is sold in two forms – either dried or frozen. The dried ones must be pre soaked, just like beans, before it is cooked. The dried one is called mote.
Choclo used to be only sold in good Latin American markets like Mi Tierra that sell South American goods, however, with the popularity of Peruvian cuisine in the NYC area due to restaurant chains like Pio-Pio, choclo is becoming more readily available at local supermarkets.
How about your city? Have you seen choclo grano in your market?
Choclo Grano, either boiled or roasted, is the go to accompaniment for most Peruvian street food, including ceviche.
If you absolutely cannot find choclo grano, you can use sweet corn. However, sweet corn has a totally different flavor and texture than choclo grano. Choclo grano is more chewy and firmer than sweet corn.
When you finish enjoy your ceviche, don’t throw out the marinade liquid!
Leche de Tigre
The marinade liquid is known as leche de tigre, or Tiger’s Milk. This is reputed to be the best hangover cure and an aphrodisiac.
It is often sold in the mornings at Lima cafe’s to help you get over a night of drinking!
It is also sold at bar’s, mixed with Pisco, Peruvian brandy, for a great cocktail!
So leche de tigre can help you both at the beginning of the night and at the end!
Now let’s see how easy it is to make Peruvian Scallop Ceviche!
Peruvian Scallop Ceviche
- 1 cup lime juice
- 3 tablespoons aji amarillo
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 4 scallions chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- 1 pound scallops
- Salt to taste
- plantain chips
- choclo corn pan roasted
- In a large shallow bowl, combine lime juice and aji amarillo. Whisk to combine.
- Add onion, scallion, bell pepper and cilantro. Mix to combine.
- Season scallops generously with salt. Toss to combine.
- Add scallops to the lime marinade.
- Cover and leave in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, until the scallops are cooked and no longer raw..
- Serve with plantain chips and choclo
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I never knew making ceviche could be so easy! The hardest part was trying not to eat it before it was done!
Definitely don’t do that! – I don’t recommend eating raw seafood – some people do especially oysters – but I don’t. I will do ceviche but I don’t do sushi 🙂
I’ve wanted to make Peruvian food for myself, for a while now. Thanks for making this Ceviche so easy & accessible.
Ceviche is one of the easiest things to start off with your journey into Peruvian food
This ceviche was so flavorful! Perfect combination!
so glad you liked it so much 🙂
I wish that I tried scallop ceviche sooner! This recipe is delicious!
I think the tender flesh of scallops is perfect for ceviche also!
One of my best friends is actually Peruvian so I was really excited to get to make this recipe for him this weekend. Perfect for our social distancing picnic!
Im so excited you were able to share this with him!
You had me at that first image! I really enjoy how you explain and break down all the steps in very simple sequences. Can’t wait to try this out
yes it is so simple to prepare and so delicious!
I love ceviche and never thought about using scallops. It was so simple to throw together and it was absolutely delicious thank you for sharing!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much!
Love Peruvian ceviche and this recipe did not disappoint!! I love how simple and straightforward this recipe is, but SO delicious!
This is my first time making Peruvian ceviche! Thank you for making it so easy with this recipe! It turned out fantastic
I love ceviche and this recipe did not disappoint! It was so flavorful and easy to make. We loved it!
Scallops are most certainly my favorite seafood, so I have no clue why I hadn’t thought to make ceviche with them! This recipe is my new favorite way to eat scallops!
yes many people dont think of scallops when it comes to ceviche but a great option with its sweet tender flesh
Wow! I must say I’ve always been intimated by making a ceviche but it looks easy coming from you m! Maybe I will dare to go ahead and make one looking at this delicious scallop ceviche!
just make sure you get high quality super fresh seafood and then ceviche is super easy to put together!
Ceviche was the only Peruvian dish that I was familiar with for a long time! Just recently have I started to learn more about Peruvian cuisine, and have branched out to trying other things! I’m hooked!
I love to buy scallops but never know what to do with them! This will be my new go-to scallop dish from now on! Thank you for sharing, it was delicious!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much!
I lived in Peru as a teenager and graduated from high school there and loved all the food but one of my favorites was the different ceviches on the playas (beaches) that they served. Octopus , etc.
My best friend growing up is Peruvian and I learned lots of delicious recipes from her Mom, but sadly I haven’t made it to Peru yet though it is on my bucket list!