4 Quick and Easy Crudos Recipe

4 Quick and Easy Crudos Recipe
Four quick and easy crudos.

Arthur Bovino

Four quick and easy crudos.

Crudos are served in restaurants everywhere — why not at home, too? Appetizer or entrée, it's the perfect summer dish. All you need is fresh fish, olive oil, different accents and seasonings, and a sharp knife.

If you read my recipes, you'll notice that I'm a heat-freak, a pepperhead — well, these recipes are no different. A few different minced peppers as accents — jalapeño, Fresno, serrano — these can make all the difference. In January, I scored some paiche (a giant Amazonian freshwater fish that has not been regularly available in the U.S., if at all) at New York's Chelsea Market. The texture has been described as somewhere between cod and Chilean sea bass. It worked as a crudo with a little olive oil, lemon, and salt — though the texture trended more toward Chilean sea bass. Even then, I had to add some heat though.

It was an outrageous combination of not-easy-to-pair ingredients: paiche and bhut jolokia (second-hottest pepper in the world at the time). Hot? A little (wink). Tasty? Yes. Ridiculous? You bet. These recipes aren't as spicy. But they are simple and delicious. Use different citrus juices, salts, and kinds of salts as you taste and match accents to see what you like.

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For each of these four quick recipes the process is the same. Slice your scallop or fish as thin as you like (if it's too thick, you're obviously not going to enjoy this because you're going to have to chew — not good). A drizzle of olive oil on the plate, place the scallop or fish on top. Drizzle a little oil on top (too much will mean the oil's bitterness will overwhelm the flavor of the seafood) and a drizzle of citrus juice to taste. Sprinkle the minced pepper on top if you're using it, some salt flakes, some pepper. Eat.


Calories per serving:

591 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 46g 71%
  • Carbs 5g 2%
  • Saturated 8g 40%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 25g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 39g 78%
  • Cholesterol 94mg 31%
  • Sodium 2,520mg 105%
  • Calcium 23mg 2%
  • Magnesium 59mg 15%
  • Potassium 779mg 22%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 1mg 6%
  • Phosphorus 508mg 73%
  • Vitamin A 11µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 43mg 72%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 23%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 16%
  • Niacin (B3) 18mg 89%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 63%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 51µg 13%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 91%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 45%
  • Vitamin K 20µg 25%
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