Crab and salmon mi-cuit with avocado and wasabi ice cream

Salmon mi-cuit

This exciting modern recipe is adapted from the exquisite and delicate flavours of the Devonshire Arms Burlington Restaurant's crab and salmon dish. By Jane Pruden.

Serves 4


For the salmon mi-cuit - meaning half cooked

120g piece of fresh salmon

2 tsp vanilla oil

For the crab

120g white crab meat

11/2  tbs passion fruit mayonnaise made from 5 parts Hellmans to 1 part passion fruit juice

salt and pepper

For the avocado and wasabi ice cream

100ml sugar

85ml white wine

60ml glycerine

75ml water

75ml milk

2 avocados

5g wasabi or 1 tbs creamed horseradish

juice of 1 lemon

100ml double cream, lightly whipped

1 leaf gelatine


Start by drizzling the vanilla oil onto the salmon and wrap tightly in cling film before refrigerating for 24 hours. Keeping it in the cling film, drop into a pan of water heated on a stove to no more than a medium heat (45oC), and simmer for 10 minutes for the half-cooked texture required. Cool before serving.

Mix the crabmeat and passion fruit mayonnaise into a firm consistency. Either push into cling film lined timbales or make into quenelles with two spoons before serving.

For the ice cream: dissolve the sugar in the white wine, water and glycerine. Put the lemon juice, wasabi or horseradish, avocados and cold sugar liquid into a blender and blitz into a smooth puree. Stir in the milk and cream. Dissolve the gelatine, stir evenly into the mixture and place into an ice cream maker.

To serve: slice the salmon into 4 portions and place on the plates, add the crab and finish with the ice cream topped with salmon roe.

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