Smoked Salmon & Urchin with Beetroot & Crème Fraiche Sauce

Smoked Salmon & Urchin with Beetroot & Crème Fraiche Sauce

Chef's Note:

This recipe requires you to smoke the salmon and sea urchin. If you do not have a smoker, you can place dry wood chips into a small pan and burn on the stove or with a blow torch. When the chips are smoking – place the pan into a large baking dish with the salmon and urchin and cover tightly with foil so the smoke from the chips is absorbed – then cook in the oven. You can also skip this step and just roast salmon and sea urchin instead.


  • 100g soaked smoking woodchips
  • 2 portions fresh salmon
  • 12pcs Sea Urchin Harvest Uni Gold
  • 4 small beetroot
  • 20 small nasturtium leaves
  • 4 nasturtium flowers
  • 100g crème fraiche
  • 100mL cream
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt


    1. Peel 2 of the beetroot then pass through a juicer and set the juice aside in the fridge.
    2. Spread the leftover beetroot pulp from juicing onto a flat tray. Dehydrate and blend into a fine powder. (This step is used for presentation, so its optional).
    3. Place the remaining beetroot into a small baking dish with some salt and oil, cover with foil and roast at 300°C for about 30 minutes or until tender. Cool then remove the skin and set aside.
    4. For the crème fraiche sauce – whip the crème fraiche and the cream together and season with a little salt. Drip the beetroot juice into the cream mix, being careful not to emulsify together – you want a marbled look.
    5. Line a small baking tray with baking paper, place the salmon on top and cover with pieces of Uni Gold sea urchin. Cook in the smoker on a medium heat for about 15 minutes or until you can skewer the salmon cleanly and it is just cooked.
    6. To serve – slice the roasted beetroot and divide onto two plates. Place a piece of the smoked salmon and sea urchin onto each plate.
    7. To finish – cover the salmon with nasturtium leaves and the beetroot with the flowers. Pour over the crème fraiche sauce and serve.

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