Salmon ceviche with vanilla, pink peppercorns and dill crème fraîche

servings4
7 hours

Ingredients

Ceviche of salmon

  • 1/2 side of salmon, skin on and pin boned
  • 5 lemons, zested
  • 100g of dill, roughly chopped
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 300g of coarse sea salt
  • 20g of black peppercorns, crushed
  • 50g of pink peppercorns, cracked

Dill crème fraiche

  • 250g of crème fraîche
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 12g of dill, chopped
  • 2g of salt
  • black pepper

Dressing

  • 75g of shallots, finely chopped
  • 50ml of olive oil
  • 5g of salt
  • 1g of black pepper, milled
  • 25g of pink peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 25g of caster sugar
  • 25g of honey
  • 65ml of white wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 150ml of vegetable oil
  • 100ml of olive oil
  • 12ml of vanilla essence

To plate

  • sea salt
  • 60g of baby cress
  • 15g of shallots, finely chopped
  • 10g of chives, chopped
  • 10g of dill
  • 5 pink peppercorns, crushed

Method

1
Trim the salmon by removing the tail and belly strip so you are left with an oblong piece. This will be cut into 3 after marinating
  • 1/2 side of salmon
2
Mix the lemon zest, chopped dill, sugar, salt and peppers together. Sprinkle half the mixture onto a tray, making a bed the width and length of the salmon. Lay the salmon skin side down
  • 5 lemons, zested
  • 100g of dill
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 300g of coarse sea salt
  • 20g of black peppercorns
  • 50g of pink peppercorns
3
Sprinkle the rest of the mixture on top of the fish and then cover with another flat tray. Place a weight onto the tray and leave the salmon in the fridge for 6 hours
4
Remove the salmon from the marinade and lightly wash. Pat dry. Cut into 3 pieces, and thinly slice 400g in total. Arrange on squares of greaseproof paper, cover tightly with cling film and chill
5
To make the dressing, first split the vanilla pod in half, scrape the seeds out and cut into 1cm pieces. Sweat the shallots in the olive oil until they are soft but not coloured
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 75g of shallots
  • 50ml of olive oil
6
Add the salt, pepper and pink peppercorns, vanilla pieces and vanilla seeds, and cook for 3-4 mins until just soft
  • 25g of pink peppercorns
  • 1g of black pepper
  • 5g of salt
7
Add the sugar, honey and white wine vinegar and reduce the mix by half until it is syrupy
  • 25g of caster sugar
  • 25g of honey
  • 65ml of white wine vinegar
8
Add the lemon juice, vegetable oil, olive oil and vanilla essence Bring to a simmer then take off the heat and cool as quickly as possible. Store in a jar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 150ml of vegetable oil
  • 100ml of olive oil
  • 12ml of vanilla essence
9
To make the dill crème fraiche, simply mix all of the ingredients together. If you have any left over after use, it makes a great addition to soups, sandwiches, savoury crepes and salads
  • 250g of crème fraîche
  • 1 lemon
  • 12g of dill
  • 2g of salt
  • black pepper
10
To serve, spread some crème fraiche on the centre of each plate in a circle. Layer the 100g salmon slices on each, making sure it doesn’t look too flat
11
Stir the vinaigrette well, drizzle over the salmon, and season with a small amount of Maldon sea salt, and fresh milled pepper
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
12
Scatter over the crushed pink peppercorns, mixed baby cress, chopped shallots, chives, and sprigs of dill. Finish with some more dressing and a little lemon juice
  • 60g of baby cress
  • 5 pink peppercorns
  • 15g of shallots
  • 10g of chives
  • 10g of dill