Cook's Notes: Choconostle is a small, acidic and slightly sweet fruit shaped like a lychee
. You can substitute with Asian pears
or honeydew. You can also skip it completely and add herbs
Cactus leaves tastes like cucumbers
. If you cannot find it, you can still serve the shrimp aguachile without the cactus leaves.
For the grilled cactus leaves: Heat a cast-iron pan over high heat. Put the salt directly on the pan and grill
the cactus leaves until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Dice
1 cactus leaf and reserve for garnish.
For the aguachile: In a blender
, blend the choconostle, lime juice, cucumber and chile to a coarse puree. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
To assemble the dish, divide the cactus leaves among 4 plates. Lay the shrimp
on the cactus leaves and top with the aguachile. Garnish
with pomegranate seeds and diced grilled cactus leaves.
Warning: Consumption of raw or undercooked shellfish
may substantially increase the risk of foodborne illness.