You have to try this Salmon Tartare with Fennel and Caviar. It’s perfect for the season and inspired by raw preparations, where the goal is to preserve all the nutrients in the dish that normally get lost with heat. The salmon gets paired with lemon zest and fennel for pops of vibrance and sweetness that complement the fattiness of the fish, while the caviar adds as a seasoning instead of salt.
There are proven benefits to eating a diet supplemented by raw nutrients, they do not lose nutritional value, especially phytonutrients, when exposed to heat. Which means your body absorbs more nutrients.
Tartares are a great way to get a really tender flavorful appetizer that can be made ahead and taste wonderful while being very healthy.
Another benefit: they are low carb, usually high protein (not counting vegetable tartares) that are Keto diet friendly! These types of dishes are making a comeback and are a wonderful way to get a something light and airy feel decadent.
rant note on dietary changes
In preparation for our wedding next year, Alicia and I started to eat lighter, shifting our diets from carb based to more protein and vegetables. We’re eating healthier….the struggle is real!!
As a chef, I’m always looking for new flavors and texture combinations. We go out to eat with my in laws and we become the annoying couple that’s analyzing every element of food on the plate, why it works, or doesn’t. That’s just how my brain is wired, and as somebody who sees the world through taste, every combination is allowed….
Until the purpose of food changes. And now we have to get fit and transform for the wedding. But there is plenty of motivation! I have to lose 61 pounds before the wedding!
As the weeks go by I’ll share our process and our transformation, including what we’re eating, and ranting about not eating, in fits of jealousy and hangyness.
So seeing that I can’t eat everything I want anymore, I may as well write about it!
Hence this really cool tartare! Combining lemons and fennel with salmon make for really aromatic, light flavors that won’t overpower the fish. It perfumes it with a little sweetness from the fennel fronds. Also, this dish has no salt, instead, to compliment the flavor of the salmon, I’m using another fish product to season it.
It’s salty, briny texture is perfect for bringing out the sea in the fish. As you eat it, the little orbs burst with flavor seasoning every bite. And tying it together, dried seaweed sheets for crunch.
Which comes together as a really cool appetizer too for a party.
This Salmon Tartare with Fennel and Caviar recipe is perfect for summer and inspired by raw preparations. Paired with lemon zest and fennel for vibrance.
8 oz fresh salmon– cut into small cubes 1/8 in thick.
1 tbsp Fennel fronds
Zest of one lemon
1 Tsp of Caviar
3 Sheets of Seaweed (nori) torn
1/2 haas avocado sliced thin
Slice salmon into 1/8″ thick cubes, incorporate lemon fronds, lemon zest, and avocado. Add caviar and serve.
For an hors d’oeuvre:
Open a sheet of nori and spoon a tablespoon of the mixture into it. Ready to serve.
For an appetizer:
Combine the fan avocado, mount the mixture onto the avocado on a plate, and break a few pieces of nori as a garnish.
Keywords: Salmon, Avocado, Tartare, Raw, Keto,
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