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Imagine fresh fish straight from the ocean to the dining table! Forget about grills, stoves, and ovens. We’re talking fast food, big time – except for that torturous overnight wait for the citrus acids in the marinade to “cook” the fish proteins. To cope with the anxiety of waiting, I stick the covered dish in the refrigerator and move on with my life. The following day, I revisit the project and find the “kinilaw” ready for my fix! The wait is worth it.
I have experimented on my “kinilaw” recipe with albacore tuna, ahi tuna, sole, flounder, and Alaskan cod and I’m convinced that albacore is the best for the dish. Scratch Alaskan cod off the list of candidates. It’s the worst. Fresh ingredients are paramount, although Trader Joes’ frozen albacore tuna steaks work just as well.
I enjoy this Filipino delicacy at least once a week. It definitely brings back memories of salt ocean spray in the Philippines of my youth.
½ pound Albacore tuna, cubed
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 navel orange
2 tbsp Filipino spiced vinegar
1 tbsp Sriracha
1 tsp Sea salt
1 Medium sweet onion, chopped
2 tbsp Ginger, pounded once then chopped
1 Jalapeno, for garnish or additional "anghang" challenge
Combine the marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl. Add the fish. Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight.
Makes a generous serving for one “kinilaw” addict, or easily shareable by two.
Celia Ruiz Tomlinson is the author of "Don't Ever Tell Me You Can't".