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Jalapeño Citrus Scallop Crudo

Our favorite appetizers seem extra fancy, are unexpected, yet took minutes to prep. This Scallop Crudo recipe is such an appetizer. Why? Well, first of all, crudo is a dish you almost never see outside of a restaurant.

Scallop Crudo With Jalapeño Citrus Sauce Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

It may seem daunting or even scary to make this scallop crudo recipe yourself, but the truth is so long as you get super fresh seafood and keep everything cold and clean you’re all set. It’s super easy and you’ll impress everyone who gets to taste it, you’ll want to repeat it, we swear.

This sea scallop Crudo is inspired by the Golden State as it combines some of our favorite ingredients grown in California – citrus, avocado, seafood. Also, it’s a mix of ingredients you see in cuisines that are prominent here:, namely, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian.

Recipe Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this scallop crudo recipe:

  • Avocado
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeño or Serrano Chile
  • Lime Juice
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Day Boat Scallops
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Orange Juice
  • Radish
  • Maldon sea salt or other flaky sea salt
  • Cilantro Leaves

How To Make The Scallop Crudo 

These are the instructions to make this recipe:

  1. Make The Avocado Smash: Mash the avocado with garlic, half of the jalapeño, and 1 the lime juice in a small bowl until mixture is mostly smooth; season with salt.
  2. Prepare The Scallop Crudo: Using a clean, sharp knife, slice each scallop into 2 to 3 coins. Combine the olive oil, ginger, orange and lime juice, and remaining jalapeño in a medium bowl. Add the scallops and gently toss to combine.
  3. Serve: Spread the avocado mixture on serving plates. Scatter the prepared scallop crudo on top then add a pinch of flaky salt, some radish, a few cilantro leaves, and a final drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

What To Serve With This Recipe

We like to serve scallop crudo as part of a high-end cocktail party with:

Frequently Asked Questions

First off, what exactly is crudo? The word crudo (pronounced "crew-dough") means raw in Spanish and Italian and refers to a category of raw dishes. Usually, crudo is made with some sort of animal protein, say, seafood, fish, or meat.

Crudo is usually raw fish that is thinly sliced and lightly dressed with a combination of olive oil and citrus juice. But there aren't really any hard set rules as to the shape, size, or exact ingredients.

Since the definition is so broad, it's widely accepted that carpaccio - thinly sliced raw meat - is a type of crudo.

The easiest way to think about it is that sashimi and ceviche have more culinary rules around how they're made. There are a lot of rules around traditional Japanese sashimi. Everything from how the fish is killed, how it's sliced, and how it's served is carefully dictated.

Ceviche is like crudo with way more citrus juice and that extra acid essentially "cooks" the protein. Okay, if you define cooking as the "application of heat to an ingredient" then ceviche is not technically cooked. But people say that ceviche is cooked because the fish sits in the citrus juice for quite a while. That time in the acidic juice alters the texture similar to the way cooking (applying heat) does.

We made this recipe for the "What Grows Together Goes Together" Instagram Live series on California Grown with SommVivant Amanda McCrossin. She paired this dish with a bright, traditionally made California sparkling wine: 2013 Caraccioli Brut Cuvee.

Tips For Making Crudo

Making crudo at home is really fast and easy which is why it’s a pretty perfect appetizer to serve for company. However, there are a few crucial tips you’ll want to follow so that this scallop crudo is healthy and delicious.

  • Keep It Clean: Yes, you should always have clean hands, clean surfaces, and clean equipment when you cook. But that’s even more essential when you’re preparing raw ingredients.
  • Buy The Freshest Seafood: Also, go to a reputable seafood source and buy the freshest seafood they have. Let them know that you’re making crudo so they can be sure to give you the best of the best. If that isn’t scallops, no problem! This dish would be delicious with numerous other white seafood like yellowtail, halibut, or even shrimp.
  • Keep The Seafood Cold: Try to purchase the seafood the same day that you’re going to use it. And store it wrapped in plastic nested in a bowl on ice to keep it super cold.
  • Use A Very Sharp Knife: This is the time to pull out your best sharpest knife because you want to make sure you slice the fish in a way that doesn’t tear it apart too much. Your best bets are a very sharp slicing knife or a sushi knife if you have one on hand.
  • Slice In Long Strokes: No matter which knife you use, make sure it’s sharp and then slice with intent. What we mean is to slice in long steady strokes instead of short choppy ones. Again this is to make sure you don’t ruin the fish texture as you prepare it.
  • Don’t Go Overboard On Ingredients: The seafood is key in this recipe so don’t overwhelm it. This recipe does have quite a few ingredients but we don’t use too many of any one ingredient because we want the seafood to shine through.
  • And Use A Fruity Olive Oil: Speaking of, not only do you want a high-quality extra virgin olive oil but also choose one that is fruity. The reason is that a more green, spicy olive oil will overtake the dish.
  • Serve It Immediately: Finally, serve the scallops as soon as you have prepared them. That will not only make for the brightest, freshest flavor but also they’ll keep them nice and cold.

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Scallop Crudo With Jalapeño Citrus Sauce Recipe

Scallop Crudo With Jalapeño Citrus Sauce Recipe

Looking for an easy elegant appetizer? This Scallop Crudo With Jalapeño Citrus Sauce recipe made with citrus juice, ginger, jalapeños, and smashed avocado is it!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 99 kcal

Ingredients
  

For The Avocado Smash:

  • 1 medium firm-ripe avocado

    halved and pit removed

  • 1 medium garlic clove

    grated

  • 1 medium jalapeño chile

    or serrano chile, stemmed, halved, seeded, and minced, divided

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

    divided

  • kosher salt

For The Scallop Crudo:

  • 6 large fresh day boat scallops
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    plus more for garnish

  • 1/2 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed orange juice

For Garnish:

  • 1 medium radish

    sliced paper thin

  • Maldon sea salt or other flaky sea salt, for garnish
  • cilantro leaves

    for garnish

Instructions
 

Make The Avocado Smash:

  • Mash the avocado with garlic, half of the jalapeño, and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice in a small bowl until mixture is mostly smooth; season with salt.

Prepare The Scallop Crudo:

  • Place the serving plate in the refrigerator or freezer (if freezer safe) to chill. Using a very sharp knife, slice each scallop into 2 to 3 coins (use a sharp blade and aim for one long, clean stroke).
    Combine the olive oil, ginger, orange and lime juice, and remaining jalapeño in a medium bowl. Add the scallops and gently toss to combine.

Serve The Scallop Crudo:

  • To serve, spread the avocado mixture on serving plates. Scatter the prepared scallop crudo on top then add a pinch of flaky salt, some radish, a few cilantro leaves, and a final drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

PERSONAL NOTES

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 121mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 83IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword easy seafood recipe
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