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Hamachi and Avocado Crudo Recipe

Though the fish comes first and foremost, you will love this ponzu sauce on everything.

by Andrew D'Ambrosi
May 10 2017, 11:00pm

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

With minimal prep and some light foraging of Asian markets, this sauce (pronounced "sauwce") will transform your life for the better, guaranteed.

"Hamachi is the Beyoncé of the seafood scene."

Servings: 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

for the white soy ponzu:
3/4 cup yuzu juice
1 1/4 cup white soy (shiro shoyu)
1 teaspoon yuzu kosho (paste made from chili and yuzu zest)

for the avocado purée:
3 avocados, pitted and skins removed
2 limes, juiced
1 ounce olive oil
Sea salt, to taste

to serve:
6-7 ounces fresh hamachi loin, sliced
shichimi togarashi (a Japanese spice blend that contains chili, sesame, seaweed—and if you're lucky—hemp seed), to taste
1 red onion, thinly slcied
1 jalapeño, deseeded and deveined, julienned
1 radish, shaved into rounds on a mandoline or julienned
1 scallion, sliced very thin on a bias


1. To make the ponzu, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until the kosho is broken up. You can add more yuzu kosho if you want to make it more pungent. Refrigerate immediately.

2. Place the avocados in a food processor and add the lime juice and olive oil. Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency. Add salt to taste.

3. To serve, using a spoon or a spatula, spread a thin layer of avocado purée across the plate. Slice 5-6 pieces of hamachi and place atop the avocado purée in no particular order (it's your world). Place a single piece of each vegetable across each piece of hamachi. Drizzle hamachi with ponzu until satisfied, but remember it should just be enough to accentuate the fish, not overwhelm it. Dust plate with togarashi seasoning just enough to add a bit of texture and flash heat. Eat immediately!

From How-To: Make Hamachi Crudo

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