Amberjack Crudo “Tacos”

Sometimes the simplest dishes speak the loudest, like these delightful “tacos” from F&W Best New Chef 2017 Yoshi Okai, of Austin’s Otoko. He wraps superfresh amberjack fish (or char, salmon or yellowtail) in thin slices of crisp chayote, then lays the tacos in a mix of rice vingear and soy. The garnish—mint, Meyer lemon zest and flaky salt—is key.

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  • Servings: 4 as a starter

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  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 medium chayote, very thinly sliced lengthwise, preferably on a mandoline

  • 6 ounces superfresh amberjack, salmon, yellowtail 
or char fillets, cut into ½-inch strips

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Mint, finely grated 
Meyer lemon zest and flaky sea salt, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small bowl, mix the unseasoned rice vinegar with the soy sauce and a pinch 
of kosher salt. Spoon the sauce into 4 small, shallow bowls or rimmed plates. 

  2. Arrange 12 of the chayote slices on a work surface and divide the fish strips among them. Fold the chayote over the fish and transfer the “tacos” 
to the bowls. Drizzle the olive oil evenly on top and garnish with mint, grated Meyer lemon zest and flaky sea salt. Serve the tacos right away.

Contributed By Photo Bobby Fisher Published July 2017

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