Have you ever wondered what dreams are made of? Look no further, just make this ginger soy salmon crudo recipe and be transported to a new dimension of flavor joy.
“It’s so simple and so delicious. Absolutely an all time favorite”-JJ
WTF is Salmon Crudo?
In short, crudo is Italian for raw. Usually fish or meat and always dressed with some kind of seasoning. Seasonings can vary widely, but normally it’s some sort of vinaigrette, olive oil, and/or citrus juice. It’s a pretty ambiguous term besides that, raw and seasoned. So, salmon crudo is raw seasoned salmon.
Carpaccio’s are similar to Crudo’s, the difference being how thin the raw meat or fish is. Carpaccio is pounded or delicately sliced to be super thin. Like crudo, It is also seasoned with a citrus, oil olive, or sauce. What about tartare? Tartare is also raw meat seasoned with olive oil, citrus, or a vinaigrette. The difference here is that the meat is diced or minced.
Okay, finally we have Sashimi. Sashimi is raw fish. It’s all about the quality of the fish, the preparation and technique used to serve that fish. If you’re digging the raw fish, check out our other crudo recipes! We love this Ahi Tuna Spicy Tangerine Recipe.
SALMON CRUDO RECIPE
Salmon Crudo Ginger Soy Recipe Ingredients
Serving salmon crudo is all about letting a few really good ingredients shine. Don’t skimp on anything here, get the good stuff!
- Fish: Get the good stuff, only buy sushi grade salmon sashimi for this salmon crudo recipe. This is non negotiable. Your average local grocery might not carry this, so call around to your local fish monger.
- Veggie: For this salmon crudo recipe, I like to lay my fish on a bed of watermelon radishes. They add a nice crunch, are a little peppery, and are really pretty. They’ll make the dish pop, all around.
- Ginger: Use a zester to grate fresh ginger. You want enough to be flavorful, but not so much you lose the taste of the fish. I think around 1 Tbsp and 1 tsp of fresh ginger is a perfect amount.
- Soy Sauce: Make sure its a low sodium soy sauce, the normal stuff can be super salty.
- Oil: Along with a couple tablespoons of high quality olive oil, we also use sesame oil. It ties everything together.
- Garlic & Shallot: One small shallot and 3-4 garlic cloves should be enough for this Salmon Crudo recipe. Mince them.
- Salt & Pepper: I’ll grind some salt and pepper onto my cucumber blanket and then finish the dish with some cause sea salt flakes.
- Garnish: I used fresh chives to garnish this salmon crudo ginger soy recipe, but chopped cilantro or micro greens would be great options too.
How to Make Salmon Crudo Recipe
Follow these step by step instructions to make this salmon crudo recipe. It only takes a few minutes to come together, so make sure you’re ready to eat cause you’ll want to serve it immediately.
Step 1: Prep the Ingredients
First of all, throw your salmon into the freezer for 5-10 minutes. This will firm it out and make it easier to slice. While your fish is getting a chill, make your vinaigrette.
Use a mandolin to cut your watermelon radish into thin discs. Lay them onto your serving plater, season with salt and pepper, and set aside. A Mandolin isn’t required, but they sure make things easier and faster. We use this Mandolin.
Step 2: Make the Vinaigrette
In a small bowl, whisk the sesame oil, olive oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, shallot, lime juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Step 3: Slice, Plate & Serve
Next, take your salmon out of the freezer and cut against the grain, making 1/8-1/4 inch slices. Use a super sharp knife to pull the fat end of the blade towards you in one firm motion. Try not to saw the fish.
Arrange your pieces of fish onto the radish. Drizzle the vinaigrette all over the fish. Garnish with chopped chives and serve!
Plating This Salmon Crudo Recipe
This is really the fun part of making this salmon crudo recipe. Choose a serving dish and treat it like a blank canvas. There is no wrong way to plate this salmon crudo ginger soy recipe, just have fun with it.
Shapes and designs are fun to do. Make a flower, or a face with the fish, let your imagination take over. Since this dish is super easy to prepare, take the time to plate it nicely. We eat with our eyes first.
Obviously this isn’t mandatory. The fish is the star here, and if you’re eating alone in the dark, just throw all the ingredients in a bowl and season with your tears.
Salmon Crudo Recipe Variations
If you’re not into the these flavors, feel free to mix up the ingredients. For a more traditional salmon crudo, use olive oil and lemon juice. Use a red onion instead of a shallot. Garnish with micro greens or thinly sliced basil.
Or use the same ingredients and just swap out the fish. Tuna or scallops, make wonderful crudos! Have fun with it! Just remember that fish is the star, and to use the best possible ingredients.
For more crudo recipes, try our Salmon Crudo with Tomato Citrus vinaigrette Recipe. Cheers!
Salmon Crudo Recipe Inspirations!
So maybe you aren’t ready to dive into preparing raw fish at home. Or maybe you have never tried raw fish and you’re curious.
If so, don’t wait any longer! Raw, fresh, high quality fish is one of the great joys in life. When Frankie and I need a “make us happy” meal, we don’t seek out the golden arches, we get sushi or Salmon Crudo.
One of our favorite restaurants go get sushi, crudos, and sashimi is Bamboo Sushi. They have locations up and down the west coast. If you’re in Portland, Seattle, or the Bay Area do yourself a favor and check them out! They definitely inspired some of our crudo recipes.
If you don’t live in those cities, chances are you aren’t too far away from a restaurant that serves crudo. Get out there and explore! Cheers.