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Soy Sesame Salmon Tartare with Avocado Recipe

by Jeanette on December 30, 2011 · 37 Comments
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Soy Sesame Salmon Tartare with Avocado served on Cucumber Rounds

Soy Sesame Salmon Tartare with Avocado served on Cucumber Rounds

Today, I am sharing a recipe for an appetizer I’ve made more times than I can remember over the years, this Soy Sesame Salmon Tartare with Avocado. It is one of the easiest no-cook appetizer recipes and uses just a few fresh ingredients – salmon, scallions, avocado, soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice and a few garnishes for serving.

After all the heavier foods over the holidays, this light, fresh appetizer would be perfect for celebrating the New Year. I’m actually thinking of making an assortment of small bites for our family’s New Year celebration, including serving this Salmon Tartare on thin sesame rice crackers. It’ll be more fun grazing on a variety of appetizers than sitting down to a big meal.

There are so many different ways I’ve served this Soy Sesame Salmon Tartare, each time a bit different, but always to rave reviews. If you’re feeling a little bit fancy, try tossing all the ingredients in this recipe together and serving it in mini martini glasses or shot glasses. It’s actually even faster to serve it this way and just as pretty.

Soy Sesame Salmon Avocado Cucumber Tartare

Soy Sesame Salmon Avocado Cucumber Tartare

Wishing You All A Happy New Year and the Very Best in 2012!


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Soy Sesame Salmon Tartare with Avocado
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This is a super easy and quick recipe that can be put together very quickly. It should be served as soon as it is tossed together.
Serves: 4-6 Appetizer Portions
Soy Sesame Salmon Tartare with Avocado
  • ½ pound fresh salmon fillet, diced (sushi-grade)
  • 2 teaspoons scallions, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoons mirin
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • juice from one fresh lime
  • salt
For Serving
  • English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Ichimi Togarashi (Japanese seven flavor chili pepper)
  • fresh chives or scallions, finely minced
  • black sesame seeds, optional
To make Soy Sesame Tartare with Avocado
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together salmon, scallions, soy sauce, mirin and sesame oil.
  2. In a small bowl, gently toss avocado, lime juice and salt to taste.
To Serve
  1. Spoon Salmon Tartare on top of cucumber rounds, then top with a little chopped avocado. Sprinkle some Ichimi Togarashi or black sesame seeds, and chives on top to garnish. Serve immediately.
There are so many ways to serve this simple appetizer. You could mix the avocado and lime juice in with the salmon tartare and simply serve it on top of cucumber rounds or rice crackers. For a more elegant presentation, dice the cucumber and add it to the salmon tartare and avocado, and serve in martini glasses.

This recipe has been submitted to Tidy Mom’s I’m Loving’ It Fridays and the #Welcome2012 Virtual New Year’s Party.

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  1. I might have to add a tiny bit of Sriracha into this, because I love it with avocado. Beautiful appetizer and a perfect way to start the new year.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. It’s a great holiday idea and for me an easy every day option as well.

    • Laurie – I agree. I’ve made this for all different parties throughout the year, and for a super quick appetizer during the week. My kids love it.

  3. Beautiful! Happy New Year Jeanette!

  4. yum! My kind of appetizer!

  5. Oh yes, I second Lydia’s motion to add Sriracha, and this is going right into the Phase One round-up! Great recipe.

  6. Great holiday appetizer. I love these ingredients and would love some sriracha too!

  7. What a beautiful festive appetizer! Happy 2012 to you, Jeanette!

  8. I’ve never quite fancied entrees because I always forget that it’s an entree and eat as much as I would the main course! Haha ^^
    I definitely love these ingredients; very fresh. Oh, and I love the photos.
    Happy New Years to you too!!

    • I love little bites more than entrees – when we go out to eat, I often order just a few appetizers instead of an entree.

  9. Raw salmon is actually the one non-vegetarian food I just can’t shake…I love these little tartares! I would eat so many of them that they would count as my main meal.
    happy new year, Jeanette! I’m so glad we discovered each other’s blogs in 2011 and I hope we get to meet in 2012!

    • Joanne – funny as my kids don’t like salmon unless it’s prepared this way. So glad to have found you too and look forward to meeting you in 2012!

  10. This is a beauty – salmon with avocado pairs amazingly well together. I could call this dinner. Happy New Year, Jeanette – it’s been grand discovering your blog. Wishing you all good things in 2012.

  11. Oh my…this appetizer looks so beautiful and delicious. Cheers to a fabulous 2012 Jeanette!!!

  12. What a beautiful appetizer!
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  13. These soy-sesame-salmon goodies are sooo good! I must try this one. Glad to meet you through the Virtual Bloggers Party! Happy New Year !

  14. I tell ya, if I were to choose my last meal ever, salmon or tuna tartar would be on the list! Yours looks fabulous, and I wish I had some to usher in the new year last night. Happy New Year…fun to join the Virtual NYE celebration with you!

  15. I love this, Jeanette! I’m always needing cold app ideas – will definitely keep this one in mind for the next potluck. Happy New Year to you!

  16. Jeanette, this is one of my all time favorite ways to enjoy salmon. Love it as a full meal served over a salad as well. Happy new year!

  17. This looks so delicious! I showed my hubby, who immediately thought it looked fantastic:-) Happy New Year! Hugs, Terra

  18. Yum! These are some of my favorite flavors – I just bookmarked it for my next party. and the photo is really beautiful! Happy New Year :)

  19. what a pretty appetizer! love the photos!

    happy new year, jeannette!!

  20. Thanks for joining the fun at #welcome2012. Am glad that this blog hop has helped me find some of the most wonderful blogs I was missing out before, and this is one for sure!
    Hope to stay connected with many more of such foodie fun in the coming year.
    Love and best wishes.

  21. This looks amazing; what a lovely idea. Happy New Year! Love your blog and so excited to read your 2012 posts! xox

  22. i love how simply, fancy, and fresh this side dish it! beautiful as always :). happy new year jeanette!

  23. How I miss raw tuna… one of my favorite apps!

  24. This is a family favorite and a terrifically easy appetizer to make for guests – glad you all are liking this! And I agree with Marla – would be great over salad too.

  25. looks wonderful! I will have to make this SOON :)

  26. mmmm I live for sashimi and sushi-grade fish!! this recipe looks outstanding!!! 😀

  27. Very nice! Featuring a link to your recipe on our FB page today. Thank you! Facebook/Avocados_Direct

  28. I agree, it will be a great idea to make it spicy! :-)

  29. Is the salmon from Costco sushi grade?

    • Hi Susanna,
      I buy my salmon from the fish market when I serve it tartare style. Although I have bought Costco’s salmon, I have only served it cooked as I’m not really sure how fresh it is and if it is safe to eat it raw.

  30. This is wonderful. It is so good, I have included it as part of my Easy Christmas menu on my blog on Christmas meals made easy. Thank you.

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