Not to be confused with the other chilcano!. This is basically a fish broth that is often served as a complimentary starter in cebicherías. It’s simple, tangy, and comforting.
I’ve been craving chilcano de pescado for a while but didn’t have fish bones on hand. We had grilled fish the other day and I saved the bones to make a batch of broth.
Yield: 4 – 6 servings
- Bones from a medium to large fish
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
- 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 1 leek, coarsely chopped
- 1.5 – 2 litres water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon peppercorns
- 6 green onions, finely chopped
- salt and pepper
- 500 gr cassava
- 2 – 3 limes
- hot chillies (optional)
- Place bones in a pot with onion, carrot, celery and leek. Cook on medium heat until vegetables are softened.
- Add enough cold water to cover everything, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 40 minutes.
- In the meantime boil cassava in salty water for 20 – 30 minutes. Drain and reserve.
- Strain broth, season with salt and pepper, and serve with chopped green onions, cassava, a good squeeze of lime juice and some nice hot chilli.