Marinated salmon sashimi salad

Even though I said in an earlier post that I’m without doubt a meat over seafood kind of person, one type of seafood gets me every single time and that is sashimi (raw seafood slices). For some reason, I find raw seafood a lot nicer to eat (in fact I totally love it to bits) than cooked seafood (not that I don’t like cooked seafood of course). It’s that refreshing taste and texture that I find so irresistible. I know for a lot of people this might not be comprehensible.

Even though I say that now, the first time I had sashimi I definitely wasn’t the biggest fan. It was back in early high school days when my mother decided to buy a piece of salmon to celebrate a happy occasion. We were not the wealthiest of families so such eating styles was quite unknown to me.

“What is this?” I asked her curiously. “Did you forget to cook it?”

“No, that’s how you’re meant to eat it dear” she replied with such patience. Without a second thought, I swooshed the fish around in the sauce bowl and put it in my mouth. As it turned out, I had dipped WAY too much wasabi than I could handle and for a first time, well, you can imagine what was going through my mind. I felt tears swelling up behind my closed eyelids and my nose was in a whole world of pain. I was so absorbed in getting rid of that horrid feeling that I swallowed the fish without even attempting to taste it.

It wasn’t until quite some time later that I decided to give sashimi another go and fortunately after that time, it was love at second taste.

Sashimi can include a huge variety of seafoods, such as the most common salmon, tuna and kingfish but also many other types like snapper, dory, mackerel, scallops, lobster, sweet prawns and many others. When people think of sashimi, no doubt they will think of soy sauce and wasabi. We have made a different variety today consisting of raw salmon, cucumber and various condiments to give the fresh and succulent salmon a different and delicious flavour.

If you haven’t yet tried sashimi, I recommend you to as there’s always a first time for everything. :)

Marinated salmon sashimi salad
Serves 2
Time to prepare: 10 minutes
Time to make: 5 minutes

Ingredients

• 150g salmon fillet
• 100g cucumber
• 1 tbsp miso
• 1 tbsp mirin
• 1 tbsp light soy sauce
• 1 spring onion
• 1 tsp sesame oil
• 1/2 tsp Shichimi*
• 1/4 tsp sesame seeds, roasted
• 1 wedge lemon

Instructions

1. Slice salmon into 1cm strips. Thinly slice spring onion. Julienne cucumber.


2. Combine miso, mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine), light soy sauce, lemon juice and sesame oil. Mix until smooth with no lumps.


3. Place salmon, cucumber and spring onions in a bowl. Pour on dressing and mix evenly.


4. Sprinkle with shichimi* and sesame seeds and serve.

*Shichimi is a Japanese condiment made with 7 different ingredients including but not limited to black and white sesame seeds, ground chilli flakes, roasted nori (dried seaweed), ground Sichuan peppers, ground ginger, hemp seeds and roasted orange peel – Wikipedia.

Serve this dish with a bowl of rice or as a side to a meal.

Question time: Have you tried sashimi before and if so, do you like it?

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10 comments… add one

  • Christine July 31, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Gorgeous photos!

    I used to hate the idea of eating raw fish until I tried some cured salmon at Tetsuya’s and ever since, I’ve been hooked. I’ve never thought about making something with a marinade at home like this but this looks absolutely delicious :)

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  • Ali July 31, 2012, 7:39 pm

    I don’t mind sashimi…but I don’t love it either! It totally depends where you get it and I am always quite hesitant to order it! This salad looks quite interesting though, I think I would like the flavours of that. p.s. I am posting my Baked Egg post tomorrow morning – thank you again :)

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  • love2dine July 31, 2012, 8:41 pm

    I can never get enough of your photography .. STUNNING pictures .. all of them!

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  • yummychunklet August 1, 2012, 10:19 am

    What yummy salmon!

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  • Nami | Just One Cookbook August 1, 2012, 3:53 pm

    LOL!!!! “Did you forget to cook it?” crack me up. So funny. My husband who is also a big sashimi lover once told me that he was eating a wrong way when his mom served sashimi back then. He said it has to be eaten with wasabi and he hated it for a long time. Then he ate sashimi without wasabi and he fell in love. I don’t eat wasabi too, so I kind of understand the experience, but it’s funny how people overcome “raw” fish one time. We eat from when we were small so I never even question about it like others do. Anyway, I love your salad! This is much healthier but I want to put this over rice and eat it as donburi style… Teehee.

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  • Asmita August 1, 2012, 10:59 pm

    I learnt to eat sushi and sashimi in the United States, that too a couple of years ago. I completely love it. It’s fun experimenting and trying out new foods.
    This looks inviting and yummy! Gorgeous clicks!

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  • kitchenriffs August 2, 2012, 6:34 am

    Sashimi is great! Tuna and salmon are the best, IMO, but I’ll try almost anything. I like wasabi, but a little really goes a long way. Nice recipe, great pictures – thanks.

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  • Charles August 2, 2012, 8:03 am

    Great looking salad Jenny – reminds me a lot of one sold in a nearby restaurant which I absolutely adore. Love you photos too… so beautiful :)

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  • Libby August 4, 2012, 4:20 pm

    This looks so fresh and beautiful!

    I had a go with a raw tuna salad the other week and it went well, now I’m keen to try this sashimi recipe!

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  • Riza Reman August 16, 2013, 8:22 am

    This is one of the best sashimi salad i have ever made at home. Easy, and delicious, what a man can ask for more.

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