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Seviche 101

Martha Stewart Living Television

The appetizer seviche, also known as ceviche or cebiche, consists of fish marinated in fresh citrus juice, herbs, and chiles. Instead of heat, the ascorbic acid in the juice "cooks" and tenderizes the fish, transforming its color from translucent to opaque white. When making seviche, be sure that the lime juice completely covers the fish for even cooking, and since the dish begins with raw seafood, use only fresh fish. For a traditional flavor, chef Rick Bayless uses manzanillo olives.