My sister Brina is all about lettuce cups these days, and she inspired this appetizer. I take the easy way out and use storebought fish seasoning, but feel free to make your own. Everything can be made ahead, but the salmon is best served warm.
Fish Taco Lettuce Cups
- Cooking and Prep: 45 m
- Serves: 8
Lime Mayo Dressing
Prepare the Quick-Pickled Onions
Slice red onion very thinly. Place into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water.
Allow to sit for 30 seconds, then drain.
Cover onions in just enough vinegar to cover (I used Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Vinegar for this, but red wine vinegar works great too) and sugar.
Stir well and allow to sit for 10 minutes or up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
Prepare the Salsa
Combine diced tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and cilantro.
Add lime juice, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Prepare the Sauce
Combine mayonnaise, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper, and lime juice.
Add a teaspoon of water to thin, if necessary.
Prepare the Salmon
Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add olive oil.
Season salmon cubes well with fish seasoning and sear on each side, about five to seven minutes in total.
In each lettuce cup, lay a few cubes of salmon, then add salsa.
Drizzle with lime mayo and top with quick-pickled onions.
If you can’t find butter lettuce, I’ve made these in romaine leaves as well. A little less neat, but still delicious!
Photography: Moishe Wulliger
Food Styling: Renee Muller