a fabulous salmon tartare

This Salmon tartare is a packed with flavour and can be whipped up in minutes to make an impressive appetiser snack.

There is no cooking involved so all you have to do is chop and mix up a delicious dressing. A perfect solution to satisfy my recent craving for raw meat and fish.

Like with all good quality fish you need to do very little to turn it into something extraordinary. There are so many flavours that you can add to your tartare mix –  whatever takes your fancy.  Things like; dill, lemon, lime, capers, cilantro, chives, chilli or onion.

I love the flavour of dill with salmon so used this with lemon and pickled jalepenos to give it a slight edge and used spring onions so they didn’t overpower it.

salmon tartare with home-style potato crisps

What you will need to make a starter snack for 2 people:

  • 140 – 150 g of fresh Salmon fillet skinned
  • 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1 T of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T of very finely chopped white parts of spring onions
  • 1/2 t of freshly grated ginger
  • a good pinch of sea salt flakes
  • a few drops of sesame oil
  • 1/2 t of finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 t of finely chopped pickled jalepeno chilli

Chop the salmon up into a very fine dice and set aside.  In another bowl mix all the other ingredients together and then add the salmon back in. Toss the fish through the dressing and check the seasoning.  Adjust where necessary and then set aside in the fridge for an hour or so before you serve.

Serve on a plate or in a bowl and garnish with a few snipped dill leaves, a few thin slices of spring onion and a light drizzle of olive oil. The beautiful pink colour works well on a blue or grey plate

Serve with home-style potato crisps which are the perfect textural balance to the salmon. I also like the whole ‘fish & chips’ connotation.

fresh, lemony and loaded with taste


  1. Love the recipe but always so nervous with raw fish. Needs to be quality. Where would you recommend to buy?

  2. Thank you but no need to be if the fish is fresh. This salmon actually came from Woolworths, but otherwise any reputable fishmonger will be fine. You could try Oceans Edge deli in Sea Point – probably the cleanest fish shop I have ever seen.

  3. This looks to-die-for Sam! Could so do with a big plate right now with some home-made melba toast! YUM! x

  4. I love, absolutely love fish tartare and have been searching for a fabulous recipe! I will look no further! Fantastic!

  5. Wow, I love this concept! Seriously delicious… I need this in my life.

  6. Thanks Squish, it was in MHO the best thing I have made in a while 🙂

  7. Thanks Jamie, its just so easy to make and you can add any flavours you like. I added quite a bit here (ginger, onion, jalepeno, lemon, dill and salt) – but seriously I will make this again and again.

  8. Thanks Ally, I was sad that I had to share this with a friend who came over for supper, it hit the spot for my recent raw fish craving.

  9. Mmmm, this looks diiviiinneee and so easy! Definitely adding this one to my to-do list!

  10. Thanks Zirkie 🙂

  11. Just watched masterchef SA. As soon as I heard salmon tartare it reminded me of this post. Raw is not really my thing but your pictures are very inviting

  12. Thanks Imah, I’m so into raw salmon at the moment

  13. Coincidentally I’ve just bought some fresh salmon and fresh tuna!! I’m going to make the salmon on corn chips and the tuna raw and sliced tonight. I love your whole page!!! Thank you

  14. Amazing Jill, Enjoy!

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