Scallop Ceviche with Candied Citrus

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound bay scallops, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, or sea scallops, quartered and thinly sliced

3 medium oranges

8 to 10 limes

2 ribs celery, peeled and diced

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 yellow tomato, seeded and diced

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/2 cup chopped scallions

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground pepper

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Sea salt

Endive leaves or toasted bread slices, for serving (optional)


  1. Spread the scallops in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Remove long strips of peel from 1 orange and 3 limes with a paring knife, being careful not to remove the white pith; set the peels aside. Juice the peeled fruit and the remaining oranges and limes to make 1 cup of each juice; pour into a bowl. Add the celery, onion, tomatoes, scallions, olive oil, 1/2 cup ice water, and pepper to taste; pour over the scallops. Cover and refrigerate until the scallops are opaque, 1 to 4 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, make the candied citrus: Place the orange and lime peels in a saucepan of water; bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, then drain. Boil in fresh water 2 more times; drain and set aside. Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in the saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat and return the citrus peels to the pan; simmer for 45 minutes. Transfer the peels with a slotted spoon to a rack, reserving the syrup; let the peels cool, then slice into 1/4-inch pieces.
  3. Drain the excess marinade from the ceviche. Add the cilantro and candied citrus peels, season with salt and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl and lightly drizzle with some of the reserved orange-lime syrup. Serve on endive leaves or with toasted bread, if desired.
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