Salmon Bites with Tomatillo Agar Fluid Gel Sauce Recipe

Tomatillo agar fluid gel pudding

These Mexican inspired salmon bites pack a lot of flavor in a little package. The acidity from the tomatillos compliments the salmon perfectly and the crunch from the fried tortillas adds great texture.

The tomatillo sauce is made from an agar fluid gel, with some xanthan gum to thicken it. You can make the tomatillo fluid gel as thick or think as you like it. I prefer it a little thinner so it is a little bit lighter. The addition of the xanthan gum helps to keep it together even though it is thinner.

These bites can be served hot or cold.

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Salmon Bites with Tomatillo Agar Fluid Gel Sauce

  • Published: January 25, 2012
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes time

Salmon Bites with Tomatillo Agar Fluid Gel Sauce Ingredients

Because they use modernist ingredients, these amounts are given in metric by weight. For more information on how to measure modernist ingredients check out this article.

For the Tomatillo Sauce

400 grams tomatillos, dehusked, washed, and stem removed
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 poblano pepper, coarsely chopped
42 grams honey, about 2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper
3 grams agar, 0.75%

0.4 - 1.2 grams xanthan gum, 0.1% - 0.3%

For the Tortilla Rounds

1 package flour tortillas
Canola or peanut oil


For The Garnish

225 grams salmon, cooked medium rare and broken into chunks, about 1/2 pound
Cilantro sprigs

Jalapeno, thinly sliced

Salmon Bites with Tomatillo Agar Fluid Gel Sauce Instructions

For the Tomatillo Agar Fluid Gel Sauce

Place the tomatillos, garlic and poblano pepper in the standing blender and add the honey. Puree until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add the agar and blend until combined.

Pour the tomatillo puree into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Pour the tomatillo puree into a container and let it completely set.

Once it is set, cube the gel. Puree the tomatillo gel using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor until smooth. Add some water if you need to thin it, or some xanthan gum to thicken it.

Once it reaches the desired consistency it is ready to be served.

For the Tortilla Rounds

Cut the tortillas into 25 to 40mm / 1 to 1.5" circles with a cookie cutter or pastry round.

Pour about 6mm / 1/4" of oil into the bottom of a pan and heat to around 190°C / 375°F. If you don't have a thermometer you can dip a wooden spoon in the oil, if it starts to bubble it's close to the correct temperature.

Working in batches, fry the tortilla rounds until the puff slightly and turn a golden brown. It will usually take 1 to 2 minutes depending on the temperature of the oil.

Once browned, remove the tortilla rounds from the oil and place on a wire rack or a plate covered with paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt.

To Assemble the Salmon Bites

Place a tortilla round on a plate and top with some of the cooked salmon. Spoon some of the tomatillo agar fluid gel sauce over the salmon. Top with another tortilla round and garnish with a cilantro sprig and jalapeno slice.
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