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Appetizers, Fish and Shellfish

Tuna carpaccio with shaved fennel and watermelon

Tuna carpaccio with shaved fennel and watermelon
Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 15 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup best quality olive oil
  • 4 ounces best quality yellowfin (or other sushi-grade) tuna
  • 1 small fennel bulb, fronds reserved to garnish plate
  • 1 (3-inch by 2 1/2 -inch by 3/4 -inch) slice watermelon, rind and white outer edge removed
  • Sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Hawaiian black sea salt or other top quality coarse salt

Step 1To make the lemon oil, combine the lemon zest and the olive oil. Set aside.

Step 2Thinly slice the tuna (about one-fourth-inch thick), and piece it together into a (5-inch-by-2-inch) rectangle on each of four plates. Drizzle each with about one-half teaspoon lemon oil.

Step 3Shave the fennel across the grain on a mandoline. Divide into four portions (one-fourth cup each) and place on top of the tuna on each plate.

Step 4Using a long, sharp knife, cut the watermelon into 16 very thinly sliced 3-inch-long strips. Lay 4 slices over the fennel on each plate.

Step 5Season with a little sea salt and a drizzle of lemon oil. Garnish the plate with a small pile of black sea salt. Reserve the remaining lemon oil for another use.

Note: From Dakota Weiss, chef at Jer-ne at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.


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