This quick and easy salmon tataki is a restaurant style recipe that you can make at home! Accompanied by an umami dipping sauce, it’s the perfect summer appetizer.
What is Tataki?
Tataki is a Japanese dish that consists of seared or grilled meat, typically beef or fish. The meat is usually served rare or medium-rare. In this recipe, salmon is coated in nutty sesame seeds before searing, sealing in delicious flavor.
Tataki is often served as an appetizer or a main course in Japanese restaurants. It is a popular dish because of its simple yet flavorful preparation and the high-quality ingredients that are used.
Why We Use King Salmon For This Recipe?
For a fish served rare like Tataki, you want to choose the highest quality ingredients. King salmon, also known as Chinook salmon, is a type of salmon that is particularly prized for its rich flavor and large size.
Here at Sizzlefish, our wild Alaska king salmon contains the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids compared to other Alaskan species. Sizzlefish salmon arrive frozen and individually sealed in 4- or 6-ounce portions for easy thawing. Place salmon in the refrigerator to thaw before cooking.
Health Benefits of King Salmon!
Here are some of the potential health benefits of king salmon:
High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: King salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation in the body.
Rich in Protein: King salmon is a great source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body.
Good Source of Vitamin D: King salmon is one of the best dietary sources of vitamin D, which is important for bone health, immune system function, and overall health.
Lowers Risk of Heart Disease: Eating king salmon may help lower the risk of heart disease due to its high omega-3 content, which can help lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, and prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Boosts Brain Health: The omega-3 fatty acids in king salmon may help improve brain function and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Supports Muscle Growth and Repair: King salmon is a great source of essential amino acids, which are important for muscle growth and repair.
Helps with Weight Management: King salmon is a low-calorie and high-protein food that can help keep you feeling full and satisfied, making it a great choice for weight management.
All About The Sauce!
Using a less sodium soy sauce in the dipping sauce gives a umami, salty flavor that is more balanced and less strong than traditional soy sauce. You can also use coconut aminos or a less sodium Tamari. Rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil add complexity and tangy flavor while green onion adds herb flavor. A pinch of pepper flakes adds heat.
2 portions Sizzlefish King or Atlantic salmon, partially thawed
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp cooking oil
3 tbsp less sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp minced green onion
Pinch of red pepper flakes
For Dipping Sauce
Thaw Salmon portions overnight.
Stir together ingredients for dipping sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
Blot salmon portions with paper towel. Mix sesame seeds, black pepper and salt in a large shallow bowl. Begin heating oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
While pan heats coat salmon on all sides with sesame seed mixture, pressing the sesame crust onto salmon.
Place salmon on hot skillet and sear for 10 seconds on all 4 sides using tongs to flip.
Transfer salmon to a cutting board and rest for 5 minutes. Slice into 1/2-inch-thick slices and serve with dipping sauce.
Partially thawing the salmon leaves the inside firm and easier to slice after cooking into perfect pieces. The inside also stays rare instead of cooking since salmon cooks quickly. You just want the outside of the salmon to sear, and this will only take about 10 seconds on each side.
- Serving Size
- 1 Serving
- per serving
- 8.7 grams
- 8.7 grams
- 14.8 grams