Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tuna Ceviche in Baby Romaine Cups: Easy Elegance for a Warm Summer's Evening

Little pieces of ahi tuna, dressed with some of its best partners--cilantro, ginger, lime, sesame oil and chili pepper, then nestled into little cups of baby romaine. Jamie Oliver's Tuna Ceviche in Baby Romaine is the perfect recipe for when it is hot and/or humid, you are tired, grumpy and not wanting to make much of an effort but want something that tastes good. A little washing, chopping and mixing up dressing and you have a healthy pupu or light starter. I ate it as an easy dinner along with some edamame and a glass of crisp white wine, and a long day got a whole lot better.

You can find this recipe at Food Network here.

Jamie says, "Once you mix the tuna with the lime juices in the dressing it slightly cooks it and gives it quite a different flavor and texture."

Tuna Ceviche in Little Gems
Jamie Oliver
(Makes 2 Servings)

12 oz (340 grams) sushi-grade fresh blue-fin tuna
bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 little gem lettuce (romaine lettuce hearts)
2 fresh red chiles, seeded and finely diced

2 limes, zested and juiced
double the amount of olive oil to lime juice
1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Chop the tuna finely and put into a bowl. Add the coriander and mix well. Mix together all the dressing ingredients in a jar and pour over the tuna. Wash the lettuce leaves and dry thoroughly. Spoon some of the tuna into each leaf and sprinkle with chiles.

Notes/Results: Simple to make and a nice combination of flavors with a good kick from the red chilies. I was able to use mostly local ingredients--the ahi, ginger, lime, cilantro and lettuce, which is always a treat. (The black lava salt that I sprinkled on top is locally produced too.) It would also be great with some julienned veggies like carrot, daikon, or cucumber and some avocado but I was too tired and lazy to do more chopping for this go-round. ;-) Easy enough for a weeknight but special enough for entertaining, I would make this again.

It's Potluck week at I Heart Cooking Clubs so you can check out what Jamie Oliver dishes everyone made by going to the post here and following the links.

Happy Weekend!


  1. Given that I CONSTANTLY have CSA lettuce on hand, I really should make lettuce cups more. (Or ever.) This tuna ceviche looks absolutely delicious and the perfect place to start! I love that mix that the tuna is marinated in.

  2. Absolutely wonderful! Love the delicate cups of savoury goodness. Delicious!

  3. These look wonderful...and yes, I think cucumber and avocado would be awesome in there, too. Great choice...wish i had one :D

  4. I do love a bit of ceviche - serving it in a lettuce cup is genius!

  5. Oh Deb! I have been in the same kind of mood lately. Summer has been way too busy this year and I just haven't found the time to do all the things I want, which in turn makes me cranky. I'd be much happier if I could have one or two of these beauties ;-)

  6. Love ceviche and tuna is my favorite! These look so good in those lettuce cups.

  7. I love that you used quite a few local ingredients and in your neck of the woods you have lots to choose from. I might be jealous,but ! a plate of these romaine cups and a glass of wine would make it all better.Your dish looks heavenly.

  8. This is gorgeous and summery. I haven't plucked up enough courage to make a ceviche yet but one day...

  9. Joanne--they are one of my favorite quick hot weather meals--you can put anything in them. ;-)

    Natashya--thanks! ;-)

    girlichef--thank you! ;-)

    Foodycat--so nice on a hot night. ;-)

    Kim--Yep, I am definitely on an "faster and easier the better" recipe kick lately. ;-)

    Lori--thanks! ;-)

    Kat--mahalo! ;-)

    Meredith--I do feel lucky to have such great ingredients available.

    Corina--do try it sometime--so easy and so good! ;-)

  10. Looks terrific, I like the sound of your whole meal, I'd love to try it and it's nice because it's easy enough that I can make it just for me.

  11. Oh Deb, this dish is my kind of heaven. I would happily eat this for a meal any night of the week - even mid-winter I could tuck into that :-)
    Sue xo

  12. Ah nuts, I was hoping this was going to be a vegan recipe... but if you're going to stop being vegan, it may as well be due to raw fish in a dish like this! :)

  13. Carol--thanks! That is a bonus for sure for me too! ;-)

    Sue--Thank you! Me too! ;-)

    Janet--Sorry to disappoint. ;-) The strict vegan thing was something I was trying for a couple of months. Although I eat and enjoy a plant-strong diet most of the time (and you'll still see plenty of vegan and vegetarian recipes on the blog), I will also continue to include occasional fish, yogurt and cheese and a little butter from good sources into my diet.

  14. So many wonderful ideas in this post! My mouth is watering now! My husband, 4 kids and I all LOVE tuna, so these recipes will keep us happy and healthy for months! Thank you!!

  15. What a unique blend of flavors -- I'm definitely adding this to my list of recipes to try, thank you!


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