Smoked Whitefish Tartare with Herb Oil

This easy and delicious smoked-fish starter takes just a half-hour to make.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/2 pound fava beans, shelled or 1/2 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 pound smoked whitefish, skinned and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed microgreens
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon piment d'Espelette (see Note)
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon or lemon juice

How to make this recipe

  1. In a saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the fava beans or peas for 1 minute. Drain and cool in a bowl of ice water for 1 minute. Drain well; if using favas, slip off and discard the tough outer skins. Transfer the beans or peas to a bowl.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil with the parsley and chives and season with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of the herb oil to the favas in the bowl along with the smoked fish, microgreens and lime juice. Toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper and the piment d'Espelette.

  3. In another bowl, whisk the crème fraîche and lemon juice. Spoon the tartare onto plates and dollop the lemon cream alongside. Drizzle the remaining herb oil on top and serve.


The mildly spicy Basque chile powder piment d'Espelette is available at specialty food stores and from

Suggested Pairing

A brisk, savory Muscadet.

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne Published October 2015

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