Recipe courtesy of Cory Vitiello
Episode: Pop Up Gourmet
Californian Sea Bass Ceviche Tostadas
2 hr 5 min
30 min
4 servings
2 hr 5 min
30 min
4 servings


  • 8 ounces very fresh Californian sea bass or other firm white flesh fish, deboned and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • Zest and juice of 3 limes 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Salsa Roja:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, optional
Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 medium tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper, split and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 5 ounces canola oil
  • Six 4-inch round yellow corn tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Chile and Lime Cream, for garnish, recipe follows
  • Pickled Red Onions, for garnish, recipe follows
Chile and Lime Cream:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
Pickled Red Onions:
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt



For the ceviche: Combine the sea bass, olive oil, cilantro, orange juice, green onions, lime juice, garlic, jalapenos and some salt and black pepper and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. 

For the salsa roja: Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and then saute the onions, garlic and serrano until the onions are translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano and simmer about 10 minutes, and then remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Puree the mixture in a blender until coarsely pureed. Season with salt and black pepper, stir in the parsley, if using, and let cool. 

For the tomatillo and avocado salsa: Heat a cast-iron or other heavy-bottomed pan until very hot. Add the olive oil and tomatillos and cook until the skins blister and burst. Stir in the onions, garlic and poblano and cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent and half the tomatillo juice has evaporated, 7 minutes. Transfer to a food processor along with the lime juice and avocado and blend until smooth. 

For the tostadas: Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a small pot. Fry the tortillas one by one until golden and crispy, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to paper towels to dry and sprinkle with the salt, adding more if needed. 

For assembly: Spoon a dollop of the salsa roja onto the base of the tostada. Place 2 tablespoons of the ceviche on top, taking care to leave most of the juice behind. Spoon the tomatillo salsa over top and garnish with Chile and Lime Cream, Pickled Red Onions and cilantro leaves. (See Cook's Note)

Chile and Lime Cream:

Whisk together the sour cream, ancho, salt and lime juice and reserve for garnish.

Pickled Red Onions:

Bring the vinegar, sugar, salt and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Pour the boiling liquid over the red onions and let sit 1 hour. Drain and reserve for garnish.

Cook's Note

As an alternative, you can use some of your favorite spices to season the tostadas after they've been fried.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.

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