Recipes

Alaskan Salmon Nanban

Shota Nakajima

Adana, Seattle

Ingredients

Pickled Pearl Onions:

  • 2 cups sushi vinegar
  • 4 pearl onions

Persimmon–Kabocha Purée:

  • Half of a kabocha squash, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 persimmons
  • 4 cups dashi
  • 1/4 cup white soy sauce
  • 1/2 brick silken tofu
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 stick butter

Marinade:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup dashi
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 green onion

Salmon and Eggplant:

  • Potato starch (just enough to lightly coat the salmon)
  • 8 ounces salmon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 gallon soybean oil, for frying
  • 4 eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Micro-cilantro, to garnish

Method

Make the pickled pearl onions: cut the onions in half and peel off the skins; transfer to a heat-proof container. In a small pot, bring the sushi vinegar to a boil. Pour the hot vinegar over the onions. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Make the persimmon–kabocha purée: add the soy sauce and dashi to a saucepan set over medium heat. Add the kabocha and braise until soft, about 30 minutes. Transfer the entire contents of the pan to a blender or food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and blend to make a smooth purée. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Make the marinade: in a sauce pot, add the sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and dashi and bring to a boil. In a dry sauté pan set over high heat, add the green onion. Cook until the onion is charred all over, about 3 minutes. Add the charred onion to the marinade. Let cool.

Heat 2 inches oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot until it registers 350°F on a thermometer. Place the potato starch onto a large plate or pie dish. Lightly coat the diced salmon in the potato starch, shaking off any excess. Add the coated salmon to the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes until golden brown. Use a spider or slotted spoon and immediately add to the marinade. Remove from the marinade and place on a serving dish while you finish the dish.

Let the oil come up to 350°F, then add the eggplant. Fry for 3 minutes until golden brown. Use a spider or slotted spoon and immediately add to the marinade. Remove from the marinade and place on a serving dish.

To serve, spoon some of the persimmon–kabocha purée alongside the salmon and eggplant and garnish with the micro-cilantro.

Yield

1 serving


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