If you are looking for THE perfect appetizer to impress your guests without too much effort, ingredients and…hum… skills, this is it! On top of it, it’s healthy, fresh, it looks great and it’s very light.
All you need is really fresh salmon (ideally sushi grade would be best) and some staples in the asian cuisine (such as ponzu sauce, soya sauce, sesame oil & mirin), a little bit of raw honey and fresh ginger and it’s done. I personally like to garnish with emerging peas crops for the taste and the look but you could just as well substitute them with any other young rustic shoots or even a few scattered leaves of arugula or lamb’s lettuce.
The trick is to merely seize the salmon on a very hot skillet with a bit of sesame oil, just to get a beautiful crust without cooking the fish too much.
Once the seizing is done, refrigerate the salmon immediately (for at least 15 minutes) to make sure that it stops cooing and it will make it easier to slice. This can be done a few hours in advance to make your preparations even easier when your guests arrive. The sauce can also be prepared in advance and kept in the refrigerator until ready to use. When you’re ready to eat, it will literally take you 5 minutes to assemble!
- - 1/4 lb very fresh skinless salmon filet
- - 1 tsp roasted sesame oil
- - 1/2 tbsp ponzu sauce
- - 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
- - 1 tbsp soya sauce
- - 1/2 tbsp mirin
- - 1/2 tbsp roasted sesame oil
- - 1/4 tbsp hot pepper flakes
- - 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- Choice of pea shoots (or any other type of shoots would work), a few leaves of baby arugula, alfalfa sprouts, etc...
- Heat the sesame oil in a skillet at high heat. Seize the salmon filets a few seconds on all sides. Ce careful not to overcook it! The salmon should be only seized enough to forma nice crust, while staying completely raw on the inside. Put on a plate, cover and refrigerate immediately, until ready to serve.
- Sauce: whisk all the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Slice the salmon in thin slices and arrange the slices side by side on a small plate. Spoon about 2 tbsp of sauce over the slices and garnish with your choice of greens. I also like to finish with a light sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds (as shown on the picture).
- This dish can be prepare a few hours in advance and assemble only when you are ready to serve, which will allow you to spend more time with your guests!