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Scallop Carpaccio


  • 8 scallops
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 1 tbsp of crème fraîche
  • 2 limes
  • 1 red chilli, very finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt


  1. Make the avocado crème fraîche up to two hours in advance. Cut the avocado in half then remove the stone. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and place in a small bowl.
  2. Add the crème fraîche and the juice of one lime, then process to a purée with a stick blender. Transfer to a bowl and cover the surface of the puree with cling film so no air can reach the surface.
  3. Pick the herbs.
  4. Place the picked herbs in a small bowl, cover with moist kitchen paper and refrigerate. Some of the large leaves will be used to chiffonade when plating.
  5. Slice the scallops into very thin coins and place them on a tray in the refrigerator until very cold.
  6. Once cool, plate the scallops. Spread a thin layer of the avocado crème fraîche in a small circle in the centre of each plate then overlap the scallop slices in a circle so they cover the avocado.
  7. To finish and serve, trim off the roots of the spring onions, remove any discoloured or wilted outer leaves then slice as finely as possible. Scatter these over the scallops along with the red chilli.
  8. Cut the remaining lime in half and squeeze some drops of the juice over the scallops, keeping the lime. Season the dish lightly with sea salt.
  9. Finally drizzle with a small dash of olive oil, add a last squeeze of lime juice and serve immediately.

About Author

Born in Russia and raised in NYC, I moved to Paris to pursue my gastronomic dreams as well as to meet the city’s most renowned chefs.