The Culinary Corner

Culinary Corner dish

A recipe by Erika Pena

For this issue we are honoured to have a special guest from Peru who is providing us with a delicious Peruvian fish recipe that can be made up quite simply.

Erika has also collaborated with other Peruvian cooks resident here in Ireland to put together a recipe book where all the funds are going directly to two registered charities in Peru. The recipes included in this book represent some of the best typical dishes of the Peruvian cuisine.

(Fish Ceviche)

There are many different variations of this dish, and a version can be found in almost every restaurant in Peru. It is generally made with bite-sized chunks of raw white fish marinated in lime juice, onions and chillies. It is very healthy and very tasty!

Ingredients (4 portions)
1kg white fish (best options in Ireland are panga, sole, cod, sea bream or haddock)
1 stick celery (wash and chop into very small cubes)
1 cup lime juice (squeeze gently)
3 red onions, cut into thin strips
2 or 3 fresh red serenade chillies, seeded and finely chopped (depending on taste)
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
3 teaspoons chopped parsley
3 teaspoons chopped coriander
Salt and pepper
1 sliced corn on the cob (thick slices of approximately 4cm)
1 large boiled sweet potato cut into thick slices (approximately 2cm)
4 leaves round lettuce

Cut the fish into thin strips of 3cm (boneless and skinless). Place the fish strips in a bowl and season with salt, crushed garlic, pepper, lime juice and celery, and stir.

Mix in the onions and chillies. Let the fish marinate in the juice for approximately 10 minutes. Add coriander and parsley, and serve.

Decorate the platter with the slices of corn, serenade chillies, sweet potato and leaves of lettuce.

More of these recipes are available in Peruvian Home Cooking which is available to purchase at NewsFour offices at €10 each. Enquiries via e-mail to All proceedings of this book will be donated to the following two charity organizations in Peru.

Peru for Life: For abandoned pregnant girls between the age of 10 and 18 who have no financial or emotional support.

Help them Hope: To empower people with disabilities through education, independent living and inclusive services.