Monkfish liver torchon, steelhead trout belly tartare, hiramasa crudo, and razor clam ceviche

Adapted by
February 2018


Monkfish Liver Torchon
yield: 6 to 8 servings
1 monkfish liver
InstaCure #1
Fish gelatin powder
Pickled red shiso leaves
Finger lime arils
Razor Clam Ceviche
yield: 15 servings
5 pounds razor clams
2 preserved Meyer lemons, seeds removed
Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
1 teaspoon Ultratex 8
5 ounces Georgia olive oil
Sudachi juice
Hiramasa Crudo
yield: 1 serving
2 ounces hiramasa loin, thinly sliced
Marigold-infused crab apple vinegar
Pecan oil
Murray River pink salt
Fresh horseradish, microplaned


For the Monkfish Liver Torchon

In a large, nonreactive container filled with ice water, soak monkfish liver for 8 hours. Change the water and soak 8 hours more. Using a sharp knife, trace along the lines of the veins in the liver, delicately removing them. With a pair of tweezers, remove any worms found in the liver. Scale cleaned liver. By liver weight, scale and combine 1 percent salt, 0.75 percent Instacure, 0.5 percent sugar, and 2.5 percent sake. In a vacuum bag, combine livers and curing mixture; seal, place in refrigerator, and cure 24 hours. Heat the water bath of an immersion circulator to 64°C. Remove liver from bag and place on a sheet of plastic wrap, vein side up. Sprinkle a thin, even layer of gelatin powder over the surface. Tightly torque the liver into a cylinder, periodically piercing the film to remove any caught air. Twist the ends, forcing the liver into a very firm package. Place torchons into individual vacuum bags and seal. Cook torchons sous vide 3 hours and 15 minutes. Remove bags from circulator and chill in an ice bath; refrigerate 12 hours. Carefully remove torchons, and pat dry. On a sheet of plastic wrap, align a series of pickled red shiso leaves. Place a torchon on top of the leaves and roll to coat the exterior. Slice Monkfish Liver Torchon into ¼-inch rounds. Garnish with finger lime

For the Razor Clam Ceviche

Using the handle of a spoon, slowly trace the inside of the razor clam shells, detaching the meat from the shell. With a sharp knife, remove the siphon from the foot. Reserve the siphon for other preparations. Rinse the collected feet briefly in very cold water. Pat dry.  

Slice the razor clam feet very thinly at an angle; they should resemble sliced garlic. In a Vitamix blender, beginning on low speed, purée preserved Meyer lemons, Meyer lemon juice, and Ultratex 8. When the mixture is smooth, add and emulsify oil, being careful not to heat the mixture excessively. Pass vinaigrette through a chinois and check the seasoning. In a vacuum bag, combine razor clams and vinaigrette, seal, and compress. Marinate at least 3 hours. 

For the Steelhead Trout Belly Tartare

In a vacuum bag set atop a plastic cutting board, carefully lay out perilla leaves so they do not touch. Using a small squeeze bottle, apply lemon verbena oil to the bag to lightly cover the leaves. Place another cutting board on top of the bag and transfer to a vacuum sealer; seal on high. Slice open the sides of the bag and peel back the top layer of plastic. When separated, carefully remove leaves one at a time. Shave fennel stems on a mandolin. In a small mixing bowl, delicately fold together trout belly with a small amount of olive oil, sudachi juice, salt, and shaved fennel stems. Place a spoonful of tartare into the center of each leaf and roll into a cylinder. Garnish with fennel fronds.

For the Hiramasa Crudo

Onto a chilled plate, arrange hiramasa slices. With a squeeze bottle, drizzle a small amount of marigoldinfused crab apple vinegar and toasted pecan oil over top. Season with salt. Finish with a small amount of horseradish on top of each piece of fish.