Strawberry Lemon Basil Tartar

Fresh, light, summery, slightly fruity… No I’m not talking about a wine, but about the most delicious salmon tartar that the Girlfriend and I made!

For those that don’t know me, I am hypochondriac and have a phobia of getting food poisoning, so you’re probably wondering why the hell am I eating raw fish? Well, the Girlfriend took me to the fish counter at a grocery store we trust, asked the guy to give us a nice fresh piece of sushi grade salmon, and we took it home in a lunchbag filled with ice packs. My girlfriend knows exactly how to keep me calm and make sure that I don’t give myself a panic attack.

Now for the deliciousness to begin. This recipe is actually one of the Girlfriend’s specialties, and I let her show me how she makes it so delicious. So without further blah blah, here is her Strawberry Lemon Basil Salmon Tartar.

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You will need

  • sushi grade salmon, fresh and cut up into tiny bite size pieces
  • 5 to 6 large strawberries, chopped up into tiny bite size pieces
  • handful of fresh basil, torn into tiny pieces
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Super simple: chop up your ingredients and place them in a mixing bowl.

Pour over your lemon juice, olive oil, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Mix it up and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, and serve!

NOTE: if your salmon has been sitting in the fridge beforehand, you’re going to want to let the tartar sit for a good 30 minutes, to let the fish come down to room temperature and let the lemon do it’s action.


This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Susan and Mike at Simply Sundays!


2 thoughts on “Strawberry Lemon Basil Tartar

  1. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the Girlfriend’s recipe. I adore salmon but it can be hard to find sushi grade. Was it expensive?

    This post would make a great addition to Our Growing Edge, a monthly blog link up just for new food adventures. It’s a fun way to share your new food experiences with other foodies. This month’s theme is TASTES OF SUMMER.

    More info including rules and submissions here:

    • Thanks! For the salmon, we went to our local Loblaws (here in Montreal), but you can go to any good grocery store and go to the fish counter and ask for either the catch of the day or whatever is the freshest. You can ask for a piece that isn’t in the display counter, sometimes that’s even fresher! We try and make sure we buy fish when it isn’t too pricy ($/kg), so the piece we got was about 15$ but it was enough for 4 portions of tartar and 2 fillets for a dinner during the week. And I will definitely look into sharing the recipe!

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