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Salmon Crudo Recipe with Shallots

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This Salmon Crudo with Shallots is made with salmon, shallots, serrano peppers, lime juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, and ponzu sauce.


  • 1/2 pound salmon
  • 2 tablespoons diced shallot
  • 1/2 serrano pepper, sliced with no seeds


  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ponzu sauce


  1. Using a sharp Japanese knife, cut the salmon into thin slices. Slices should be a rectangular shape. Sometimes it helps to freeze the salmon for 30 minutes before slicing to help cut into thin slices.
  2. In a small bowl, add soy sauce, ponzu sauce, lime juice and sesame oil and whisk.
  3. Lay the salmon slices onto a plate scatter the diced shallot and sliced serrano pepper.


Use high-quality, fresh salmon: Since salmon crudo is a raw dish, it's essential to use fresh, high-quality fish that's been properly handled and stored. Look for salmon that has a bright, vibrant color and a firm texture.

Slice the salmon thinly and uniformly: Use a sharp knife and a steady hand to slice the salmon as thinly and uniformly as possible. This will ensure that each bite has a consistent texture and flavor.

Keep it simple: Salmon crudo is all about showcasing the natural flavors of the fish. Keep the sauces and accompaniments simple and complementary, rather than overpowering.

Chill the salmon before serving: Chilling the salmon for at least 30 minutes before serving will help to firm up the flesh and enhance its texture. You can place the salmon in the freezer for a few minutes if you're short on time.

Experiment with different flavor combinations: While keeping it simple is key, don't be afraid to experiment with different flavor combinations. Try different herbs, citrus juices, or spices to add a unique twist to the dish.

Serve with a complementary wine: Salmon crudo pairs well with light-bodied white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. The acidity in the wine will help to cut through the richness of the fish and complement its delicate flavor.

Don't be afraid to get creative: While traditional salmon crudo is made with just a few simple ingredients, don't be afraid to get creative and try new things. Experiment with different sauces, toppings, or accompaniments to create a unique and delicious dish.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Japanese