Tartare of smoked kingfish with radicchio-citrus salad

Serves 4 people

Meatier fish like kingfish really pair well with a heavy smoke flavour. Any smoke will do, but for best results go for a traditional blend like hickory or applewood.

  • 1 cup beetroot juice
  • 2 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 Tbsp glucose syrup
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • hickory woodchips
  • 180g skinless kingfish fillet, all bones removed
  • 2 limes, peeled and segmented
  • ½ orange, peeled, segmented and diced
  • ½ cup radicchio, finely sliced
  • 1 head witlof, shredded
  • ¼ cup chervil leaves
  • salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp salmon roe
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil

1 Combine the beetroot juice, sugar, glucose syrup, vinegar and bay leaves in a small saucepan and set over a high heat. Boil until syrupy, then set aside to cool.

2 Place the kingfish in a ziplock bag and close almost completely, leaving a small opening. Fill with hickory smoke using a handheld food smoker. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.

3 Slice the kingfish finely into sets of 5 slices and arrange these on chilled plates. Combine the lime, orange, radicchio, witlof and chervil in a bowl, then arrange on top of the kingfish. Season with salt and pepper.

4 Spoon the beetroot syrup, salmon roe and avocado oil around the kingfish to serve.