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My second shipment of Copper River Salmon arrived last week and let me just say – I wish salmon season was year-round. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had salmon so fresh and so delicious.

Even though I’ve always wanted to make a fish tartare – I’ve always been a little apprehensive. Partly because my Food Microbiology Professor frightened us with horrible stories of raw fish and partly because eating raw fish at home seems a little scary. But I’m never one to live in fear, so it was time to try it out. I searched for recipes online and took a little bit from here and a little bit from there to create this salmon tartare plus avocado that is absolutely delicious and full of good fats.

The salmon tartare is bursting with flavor and is pretty addictive alongside salty tortilla chips and a chilled beverage.

So. Go get yourself some ultra-fresh salmon and make some tartare this summer! It is the perfect lunch, or afternoon snack and is everything I look for in food – exciting flavors, somewhat healthy, a little pretty and super simple.

Salmon Tartare

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: raw appetizer side snack gluten-free high protein salmon summer


Ingredients (4 appetizer servings)

  • 8 oz fresh (as you can get) salmon fillet (skin and bones removed)
  • 3/4 cup diced avocado (about 1/2 of a medium sized avocado)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp diced jalapeno (seeds removed)
  • 2 Tbsp diced shallot
  • 1 tsp ginger, mined or jarred
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp thinly sliced chives
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp oil (grapeseed, canola, etc)
  • salt & pepper
  • tortilla chips or rice crackers for serving


Chill salmon in freezer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prep all other ingredients and toss together.

Thinly slice salmon and then cut into small cubes.

Toss together with other ingredients.

Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips or rice crackers.

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15 Comments (Reply )

  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    Too much food safety knowledge can definitely be a bad thing – this is beautiful though!


    • Emily
      Jun 28, 2012 @ 9:04 am

      As you very well know. :) Thank you!


    • Jonathan
      Jun 29, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

      So true!

      When it comes to risk perception very often ignorance is bliss I think.

      Your mind naturally wanders into the “but what if” scenarios, even if they’re unlikely.


  2. Mellissa
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Since I used to work at a food safety company I can be a big buzz kill, I know way too much! Sometimes I just let it go.

    This looks amazing! Must try.


    • Emily
      Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

      Yes, since I’ve been removed from it for a while I have definitely gotten better about letting go and not being a buzz kill but it still comes out from time to time. :)


  3. sarah k @ the pajama chef
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    beautiful! but i hate raw fish (or any kind of raw meat)… and i have tried it, so i don’t eat it. but your photos are gorgeous :)


  4. erin
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    What doesn’t avocado pair well with?! :) I, too, wish Copper River salmon season was year round… this looks amazing, and I’ll definitely be making!


  5. Lauren
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    My husband always freaks out with salmon that appears underdone but I always tell him as long as it’s fresh, it’s usually okay. I prefer mine slightly undercooked. Much like tuna..this fish definitely can NOT be overcooked or it has an entirely different taste. I love it raw though!


  6. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    You are so brave! I love cevieches and tartars, but I have always been too afraid to try them myself too! This looks like it could be served at any fancy restaurant and makes my mouth water! Good job Em!


    • Emily
      Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been wanting to try making ceviche since Mexico…


  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I think salmon is one of the easier fishes to eat raw- maybe it’s because the texture of smoked salmon is so familiar to me and it’s not that far of a leap? This looks fantastic! I think it would also be awesome over a bed of rice and sea veggies! (we used to serve something a little similar at the sushi restaurant I worked at and it was awesome)


  8. Jonathan
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 3:36 pm


    this definitely looks tasty and wholesome. For whatever reason raw fish has never bothered me in the slightest.

    Might try it!


  9. Carissa @ Fit To Indulge
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Mmm… fresh salmon is one thing I soo miss about being on the coast. What are the seeds? They give it a nice color pop!


  10. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    My mouth is literally watering. My two favorite things combined – Salmon an Avocado! Swoon!! :)


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