Black cod with carrot, lime and leeks

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This striking marinated black cod recipe from Giuseppe di Iorio gains its colour from a vibrant carrot juice. With zingy lime sauce and smoky leek ribbons, this playful starter offers a riot of flavour.

First published in 2016




Marinated black cod

  • 400g of black cod fillet, sliced into 4 pieces
  • 10 carrots

Carrot powder


  • 1 leek

Lime sauce

  • 5 limes
  • 100g of sugar

To serve


  • Blender
  • Dehydrator
  • Silpat mat
  • Juicer
  • Vacuum bags
  • Chamber sealer
  • Hot smoker
  • Wood chips
  • Water bath


To begin, prepare the carrot powder. Boil the carrots until soft, transfer to a blender and blitz to a smooth purée
Spread the purée onto a silpat mat and dry in a dehydrator at 80°C overnight. Once dried, blend again to obtain a fine powder
Juice the carrots for the black cod and pour half of the juice into a vacuum bag with the black cod pieces. Seal in a chamber sealer and leave to marinate for 3 hours
  • 10 carrots
  • 400g of black cod fillet, sliced into 4 pieces
Cut the leeks into thin ribbons, blanch in salted boiling water then pat dry before placing in a hot smoker with lit wood chips for 20 minutes. After this time, remove and store in the fridge
  • 1 leek
For the lime sauce, squeeze the lime juice over a fine sieve into a pan and add the sugar. Bring the the boil, cook until the sugar has dissolved and allow to cool
  • 5 limes
  • 100g of sugar
Pour the remaining carrot juice into a pan, bring to the boil and reduce until it reaches a thickened glaze consistency
Preheat a water bath to 70°C
Cook the vacuum-sealed black cod in the water bath for 8 minutes
Remove the black cod pieces, slice each piece into 3 and place around a serving slate. Glaze with some of the carrot reduction and place swirls of leek ribbons around the slate
Add mounds of carrot powder, dots of lime sauce, edible flowers, some micro cress and puffed rice. Serve immediately
First published in 2016

Working in the centre of Rome overlooking the Colosseum, Giuseppe di Iorio's food is just as breath-taking as the view from the restaurant's dining room.

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