Ceviche Topped Swai with Wasabi Kissed Avocado Creme

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Ceviche topped Swai with Avocado Creme
Ceviche Topped Swai with Wasabi Kissed Avocado Creme

Seafood delights every time!

I try to prepare a fish meal once a week. It is healthy, calorie friendly and frankly I just like it! But I do have to challenge myself to bring a different approach so it doesn’t end up being the same old thing. In addition, having people in the house that regard fish with some suspicion  requires me to step up my game… so to speak. This week, few fresh ingredients and staples from my freezer resulted in this lovely combination.  I simply pan seared the swai in butter and olive oil, then plated it on top of a smear of the avocado creme, topped with ceviche. Many times, my creations are just “one-offs” that don’t necessarily make it back to the menu rotation. Do you have those experiments that just don’t make your personal hit parade? I have too many to count. But, I am glad to say, this delightfully fresh ceviche, buttery browned swai and creamy smooth avocado smear with a cool hidden kick is a winner to be repeated! Double bonus is that the left over ceviche was great on my lunch salad the next day and the creme made super dipping sauce for the tempura creation coming up. I hope you enjoy this mixed up seafood delight!

Ceviche with Cilantro and Basil

Makes about 3 cups
1 cup bay shrimp
1 cup crab meat
½ cup squid rings (calamari)
½ serrano chili finely diced
1 garlic clove, mashed
1 shallot, finely diced
4 tbl red bell pepper finely diced
¼ cup tomatoes diced no seeds
2 tbl fresh basil chiffonade
2 tbl fresh cilantro,chopped
1 cup fresh lime juice
⅛ tsp roasted ground cumin
⅛ tsp kosher salt
⅛ tsp finely ground black pepper
Dice and chop finely ingredients, combine in bowl with lime juice, cumin and salt and pepper. Let marinate for 1-4 hours before serving.

Wasabi Kissed Avocado Creme

Makes about 1 ½ cups
1 whole avocado, soft
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 tbl creme fraiche
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp prepared wasabi
½ tsp dijon mustard
⅛ tsp white pepper
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
2 tbl fresh lime juice
2 tbl fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbl fresh basil, chopped

Rough chop fresh herbs and avocado flesh before adding to food processor.
Add ingredients in order to food processor bowl, and blend until creamy.

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