Salmon Crudo with Citrus Soy Dipping Sauce

Salmón Crudo

“Crudo” is an Italian word meaning “raw”. It’s typically served as an amuse bouche or appetizer, however we usually serve it for a light lunch.

Crudo consists of delicate raw fish marinated with citrus juices, high quality oil and an array of garnishes. Think sashimi with a citrus based dipping sauce instead of only soy sauce.

Raw fish on a white platter surrounded by herbs and fruit.


Sushi Grade Salmon

Thinly sliced raw salmon (Must be labeled “sushi grade salmon or sashimi grade salmon”)

Salmon Dipping Sauce

Only a few ingredients are required to make the dipping sauce: Fresh lemon, fresh lemon juice, garlic, soy sauce, sugar, extra virgin olive oil and chives.


Fresh produce makes all the difference in the world when making salmon crudo, so snag some high quality lemons, mangos and avocados.


Here are a the garnishes we utilize when making this raw salmon recipe. All garnishes add flavor and texture to the recipe: Jalapeno slices, Sesame seeds, chives, and microgreens. Add some sea salt and pepper, if you like.

If you enjoy raw seafood recipes, here are a few more sushi recipes to check out: Spicy Tuna, Hawaiian Poke, Tuna Crudo, Temaki Sushi, Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl and Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll.

Salmon skin cut off of a filet on a black cutting board.

Salmon Skin

If you purchase salmon with the skin attached, make sure to gently remove it and save it to make salmon skin rolls.

Wild Caught Salmon

Due to ethical and nutritional concerns, we highly recommend sticking to wild salmon. Here’s a quick article with the rundown as to why we recommend wild salmon vs farmed. You do you, though. With the said, we adore Costco salmon (wild offering).

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

As with the other ingredients, we wanted to call out the importance of using a high quality extra virgin olive oil. Don’t grab the cheap stuff when making this salmon recipe. The crummy flavor of cheap oil will drown out the brightness, freshness and flavor of all the other ingredients. Crudo is all about highlighting fresh flavors via high quality ingredients.

Eating Raw Salmon

Read up on where to buy sushi grade fish, as well as, Raw Fish FAQ’s if you’re new to utilizing raw salmon. Serious eats has a great article on the subject.

You can also read up on the differences between Sushi vs. Sashimi!

Ingredients to make a raw fish dish.

Pro Tips

  • Place the salmon in the freezer for 10 minutes, before slicing, to make it easier to slice.
  • Serve immediately after plating, for the best freshness, texture and flavor.
  • Slice the salmon across the grain using a single swipe of a sharp knife vs. a back and forth motion. Wipe and wet the knife in between cuts, to keep the salmon from sticking to the knife. Slices of salmon should be about 1/8″- 1/4″. Here’s the sushi knife we keep in our kitchen to cut thin slices of fish.
  • High quality is the name of the game. Use fresh ingredients of the highest quality you can afford.
  • Other dipping sauce options: Eel Sauce, Honey Sriracha Sauce, Chipotle Crema, or ponzu sauce.

Recipe Variations

Furikake Salmon

A sprinkle of furikake over the sushi grade salmon, before serving, would be excellent. The ocean-forward flavor would pair well with the salmon dipping sauce. No other edits are required.

Spicy Salmon

Add a 1/2 tsp of Sriracha sauce or a scoop of Mango Habanero Sauce to the salmon marinade. Add more until your desired spiciness is achieved. Salmon crudo is the perfect recipe to spice up with Sriracha.

Raw salmon on a white serving platter

More Seafood Recipes

Avocado Roll
Kani Salad

Drink Pairing Recommendations

Pineapple Martini, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Champagne, Citrus IPA or Sake

See our Best Wine With Sushi guide for more sushi and wine pairing tips.

Salmon crudo on a white serving platter.

Salmon Crudo with Citrus Soy Dipping Sauce

Light and fresh Salmon Crudo is loaded with fresh salmon and a citrus-forward salmon dipping sauce. This crudo recipe makes for the perfect appetizer or lunch.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $25



  • 2.5 tbsp Soy Sauce, Low Sodium
  • 2.5 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice ((*Note 1))
  • Zest of 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil ((*Note 2))
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Minced Garlic
  • 3 Chives, Diced


  • 8-12 oz Sushi-grade Salmon ((*Note 3))


  • 1 Fresh Mango, Diced
  • ½ Fresh Avocado, Diced
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 small Jalapeno, Sliced
  • ¼ cup Microgreens
  • Cilantro Leaves, To Taste


  • Add the dipping sauce ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Thinly slice the salmon, against the grain. Slices should be 1/8" – 1/4" thick. Transfer to a large serving platter.
  • Drizzle the salmon slices with the dipping sauce (or serve it next to the salmon in a bowl). Garnish with the sesame seeds, mango, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, and microgreens. Serve immediately.


Note 1 – Use fresh lemon juice, if possible.
Note 2 – High quality olive oil should be used. Low quality olive oil with dampen the brightness and flavor.
Note 3 – Must be labeled “sushi or sashimi grade salmon”. 
Nutritional information is calculated based on using 12 oz of salmon. Each portion is 4 oz salmon.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 534mg | Potassium: 925mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
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