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Fluke Crudo Recipe

fluke crudo
Fluke Crudo with Meyer Lemon
We served this dish at our annual Feast of the Fishes event in 2013, and it was a big hit.  We were not able to source fluke, but found that turbot was a nice substitute.
This dish works well with a light to medium bodied white wine, preferably with strong acidity.  The wines  Lugana and Roero Arneis which we discussed previously on our blog work very well.
Servings: 4


1 pound fluke fillet, no skin, sliced thinly with a very sharp knife (if you’ve never done crudo, then a good tutorial on preparing the fish can be found on the Bon Appetit website:  How to Make Crudo at Home)
  • 1/4 cup radish, julienned or spiral-cut
  • 1 ounce lemon salt, (add 1 tsp finally chopped Meyer lemon zest to 2 tsp coarse salt and let sit for at least 3 hours)
  • 1 ounce extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 ounce chives
  • 1 ounce black pepper

For the fluke:

  1. About 1 to 2 hours before serving, season the fish with salt, freshly ground pepper, and about 1/4 cup of Meyer lemon juice.  Coat the fish thoroughly in extra-virgin olive oil
  2. Plate the fish in single layers.  Drizzle the slices with about 1 tablespoon of Meyer lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper then garnish with radish, chives and Meyer lemon zest.

Additional garnish – Meyer Lemon Drizzle:
This thickened Meyer lemon drizzle can be used on the fish, or as a plating dressing:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon UltraTex


  1. In a blender place lemon zest, lemon juice, water, salt and pepper.
  2. While running at medium speed, slowly add 1 tablespoon of UltraTex until thick.

Note:  UltraTex is a high performance cold water swelling modified food starch derived from tapioca. It exhibits many of the properties of a modified cook-up starch and possesses a very bland flavor profile with good mouth melt-away characteristics. You can find it on the Modernist Pantry website or on the Amazon website.

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