This fresh salmon tartare recipe by Chef Frank McMahon of Hank’s in Charleston, South Carolina, is a light and delicious starter loaded with fragrant herbs. Scoop it up with crunchy taro chips or a toasted baguette.
What to buy: If you can’t find sockeye salmon, get the freshest salmon possible. To shape the tartare into perfect circles, use small round cookie cutters.
Game plan: To make the salmon easier to cut, place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes before dicing.
2 tablespoons seeded, skinned, and finely diced tomato
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chervil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed
Microgreens, for garnish
Taro chips or toasted baguette slices, for serving
Trim any cartilage and dark areas of flesh (the blood line) from the salmon and discard. Dice the salmon into 1/4-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the fish sauce, olive oil, garlic, and lemon zest and gently fold to combine.
Add the tomato, herbs, shallot, and measured lemon juice and gently fold to combine. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed.
To serve, place a small round cookie cutter on a plate and pack it gently with the tartare, or spread the tartare thinly on the plate. Garnish with microgreens and serve with taro chips or baguette slices.