scallop crudo

Scallop crudo

As summer approaches, I am digging through recipes that require no cooking. Scallop crudo is a perfect summer dish. It is elegant enough to impress dinner guests, yet simple enough to make just for yourself if you are in the mood.

Many cultures have a version of raw seafood. You may know sashimi, ceviche, tartar, carpaccio, poke, tiradito, the list is long… Crudo is an Italian dish of raw fish dressed with olive oil, sea salt, and citrus. Scallops are a great choice for a crudo as they have a smooth and silky texture and a very mild taste that pairs very well with citrus.

Ingredients and substitutions

Unless you live by the ocean and know your fishmonger personally, I strongly recommend using frozen scallops for this crudo. This guarantees their freshness. Just follow package instructions to thaw them. They can even be sliced while still a bit frozen.

You can use bay scallops or sea scallops. The main difference is in their size, but bay scallops tend to be silkier and sweeter as well.

If you don’t have all 3 kinds of citrus on hand (lime, lemon and orange), you can use just one or the other. Japanese yuzu is also an excellent choice.

You can substitute other herbs if you have no fresh mint. Basil or cilantro would be delicious as well.

If you have no Aleppo pepper, use red pepper flakes or a grind or two of black pepper. Or omit completely if you don’t care for any heat at all.

Himalayan pink salt or Fleur de sel add a little je-ne-sais-quoi but in a pinch (pun intended) use kosher salt.

Choose your best tasting olive oil as it will really shine through in this dish. I personally only stock one: Partanna Sicilian extra virgin olive oil. It’s a multi-purpose mild tasting and versatile oil.

How to make it

You will need a very sharp knife! And please exert great caution when slicing the scallops!

To juice the lime, lemon and orange, I like my favorite gadgets: a citrus press and a citrus zester (microplane grater). But don’t fret if you don’t have any; you can do this the old fashion way, squeezing the juice with your bare hands and using an old fashioned cheese grater!

You can prepare these plates in advance an hour or two before eating. Omit the olive oil and add it only when you are ready to serve. Cover and refrigerate the plates until serving. Do not let them sit longer than a couple hours though, as the citrus juices are not meant to “cook” the scallops in this recipe (unlike ceviche, for example, where you let the fish marinate and “cook” in the juice).

Try this scallop crudo, it is truly out of this world! Serve it as an appetizer or a main course and adjust the quantities to your appetite…

Other recipes you might like:

Mixed seafood ceviche

Mediterranean seafood stew

Scallops with red pepper sauce

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Scallop crudo

Scallop crudo is a no-cook dish with a bright citrus flavor. Elegant enough to impress dinner guests yet simple enough to make for yourself.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer / Hors D’Oeuvre, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: scallops
Servings: 4
Author: Veronique Eichler

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice the scallops very thin (about 1/8" thick). Spread the slices on 4 servings plates.
  • Mix together lime, lemon and orange juice. Drizzle over each plate on top of the scallops.
  • Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil on each plate.
  • Slice fresh mint into thin strips.
  • Top plates with mint and grated lime, lemon and orange peel.
  • Add a pinch of Aleppo pepper and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving (in this case, drizzle the olive oil only when you are ready to serve)

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Scallop crudo
Amount per Serving
Calories
256
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
27
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
495
mg
22
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
13
g
4
%
Dietary Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Total Sugars
 
4
g
4
%
Includes Added Sugar
 
0
g
Protein
 
14
g
28
%
Vitamin A
 
454
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
42
mg
51
%
Calcium
 
34
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
410
mg
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    PHENOMENAL!

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