Upon looking at the photo, you may be asking yourself: Why are there still Meyer lemon slices inside the fish? Surely you wouldn’t want to eat them. But actually, eating a Meyer lemon is nothing like eating a regular lemon. I was first turned on to the idea of Meyer lemons not just as a garnish, but as an integral part of a dish, during my brief stint as a cook at a well-known Italian restaurant in New York City. There, they served it in a refreshing salad with watermelon radishes, snowflake celery leaves, and pickled onion arranged on a base of burrata.
Such was my inspiration when I created this dish. I wanted something quick, refreshing, and fruity. When thinly sliced, Meyer lemon isn't overwhelming — rather, it brightens up mildly flavored ingredients such as this striped bass. The slight bitterness in the rind balances out the slightly sweet flavor of the fruit nicely. Cooking whole fish doesn't get a whole lot easier than this.
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Hotategai. That's what scallop sashimi is in Japanese. I've always thought that raw scallop was ever so slightly sweet. Delicious, but perhaps in need of a bit of balance. So I created this dish in the hope of bringing that balance to lovely sweet scallop. Meyer lemons provide acidity with just enough sweetness to keep the scallops from taking on too much zing. This is a great appetizer to serve when you have quality scallops.
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