Appetizers/ Fish & Seafood

Salmon Tartare with Sesame Crackers in Blue Ice

Salmon is such a versatile fish and makes an expensive but impressive dish to prepare for family and friends. You can, of course, buy ready-made sashimi from a local Japanese restaurant, but I think making salmon tartare yourself is what makes this dish special. You can serve it on a plate using a pastry ring, or serve in glasses on ice for a more sophisticated look. I colored regular ice with blue food coloring for the “blue ocean” effect.

Salmon Tartare with Sesame Crackers in Blue Ice

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  • For the salmon tartare:
  • 1 lb wild salmon, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • zest of 1/2 lemon, finely grated
  • salt, to taste
  • pinch of white pepper
  • pinch of dried dill
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • For the sesame crackers:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, very soft
  • 1 egg white
  • sesame seeds
  • dry seaweed (optional)



To make the sesame crackers: mix together the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the egg white into the flour mixture using a spoon. Stir until smooth. Whisk in the soft butter until the mixture is smooth.


Preheat oven to 375F.  Spread about one teaspoon of batter over baking tray making a small round. Repeat to fill the space on a tray. Sprinkle each round of batter with sesame seed and/or seaweed flakes and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.


To make a salmon tartare: Combine the diced salmon, chives, dill, lemon zest, soy sauce and olive oil in a medium bowl and stir gently with a spoon to combine. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.


Spoon the salmon in glass and place it on blue ice. Serve with the sesame crackers.


For this dish, you must make sure that you use only fish that is extremely fresh, so find a good fish store or large market.

Salmon Tartare with Sesame Crackers in Blue Ice

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  • Reply
    Eric Pepple
    April 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Wow what a beautiful presentation! Love the sound of this tartar, sounds really refreshing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    April 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Prettily presented and ever so tasty sounding!



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    La Table De Nana
    April 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I love this..and don't even like salmon tartare..but my girls and their husbands do..And wow.:)!
    The crackers are so delicate and beautiful like stained glass..and that ice..!
    I think I will have to knock their socks off with this one time:)

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    La Table De Nana
    April 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I can't even Pin it because my girls follow me..
    I want it to be a surprise..Let's hope they don't Foodgawk or Tastespot this week:)

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    April 29, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Salmon is my favorite fish, but I have never tried it this way. Looks wonderful! Ok..everything what you make looks wonderful 🙂

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    April 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I love everything about this recipe (and food styling)!!! Sesame crackers may not make it for garnishing if you let me bake it… They will be all gone in a few minutes after it came out of the oven! So easy and so pretty. Pinning to several boards to keep this great dish! 😀

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    April 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    That is a great restaurant-worthy looking dish! I love salmon tartare, and homemade sesame crackers are a huge bonus.

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    Peggy G.
    April 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    This is gorgeous! And I'm sure it's absolutely tasty, as well!

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    May 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I love salmon and tartare. Yours look incredible, especially with the blue ice. I have never thought of coloring the ice. That is very creative. I am trying your recipe next week.

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