• Japanese Tacos


    Yuzu Koshu Mayonnaise

    8 Portions

    • Ingredients
    • Kewpie mayonnaise
      ½ cup
    • Yuzu Kosho, or a mix of lime zest and juice
      2 Tbsp.
    • Lemon juice
      2 tsp.
    • Ginger, minced
      ½ tsp.
    • Garlic, minced
      ½ tsp.

    Cucumber, Ginger Slaw

    • Ingredients
    • Cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise, seeded, sliced thin on a long bias
      2 cups
    • Napa cabbage, chiffonade
      ¼ cup
    • Pickled ginger, julienned
      4 Tbsp.
    • Green onions, sliced thin
      4 ea.
    • Rice vinegar
      2 Tbsp.
    • Sesame oil
      1 ½ tsp.

    • Ingredients
    • Wonton wrappers
      16 ea.
    • Canola oil (for frying)
      as needed

    • Ingredients
    • Salmon, cut in ¾” x ¾” x 2” strips
      16 ea.
    • Sesame oil
      1 Tbsp.
    • Canola oil
      1 oz.


    • Ingredients
    • Wasabi tobiko (optional)
      2 oz.


    For the Yuzu Kosho Mayonnaise:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Place in a piping bag.

    For the Cucumber Ginger Slaw:

    1. Combine the cucumber, cabbage, ginger and green onions in a bowl. Sprinkle with rice vinegar and sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper. Gently mix.

    For Wonton Taco Shells:

    1. Place paper towels over the edges of a 4” deep hotel pan, or a wooden spoon suspended over an empty pot.
    2. Heat a sautoir with 1 inch of oil in it to 350°F.
    3. Place the wonton wrapper into the hot oil, and gently press to submerge. When the wonton is crisp, remove from the oil and drape over a wooden spoon or edge of a hotel pan to form a taco shell. Let drain on paper towels.

    For the Salmon:

    1. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat a sauté pan over high heat. Add the oil and salmon. Sear on both sides. Remove from the pan. The fish should be brown on the exterior and raw in the center.
    2. Place a spoonful of the slaw in the center of a wonton shell. Top with a piece of salmon. Drizzle with Yuzu Koshu Mayonnaise and garnish with wasabi tobiko.

    Note: Substitute your favorite mayonnaise for kewpie mayonnaise.

    If Yuzu Kosho is not available, use a combination of lemon and lime zests, and lemon juice. Add in minced thai bird chiles to taste. 

    Recipe by Chef Toni Sakaguchi at The Culinary Institute of America

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