Italian Chef Marco Sacco’s Salmon Ingot – Chefs Collective

Chef Marco Sacco of 2-Michelin-star restaurant Piccolo Lago in Mergozzo, Italy shares one of his signature dishes, Salmon Ingot with Michelle Tchea’s Chefs Collective. 

Traveling to Italy would be the best way to enjoy this dish but, if you can’t… here it is


Ingredients for 10 portions


20 g raspberry gelatin

50 g sakura sprouts mix

120 g balsamic bread

840 g marbled wild salmon


For the raspberry gelatin

(for 45 g)

30 g raspberry vinegar

20 g sugar

0,5 g agar agar


For the balsamic bread

10 g sandwich bread

50 g balsamic vinegar

1 g vegetable carbon


For the smoked salmon

700 g half salmon

23,3 g sugar

93,3 g coarse grain salt


Prepare the salmon:

Carefully fillet the salmon and let it marinate for a day.  Rinse the excess salt, dry and proceed to smoke with cypress needles.  Let rest in the refrigerator for a day before pin-boning and cleaning. Portion into 10 ingots of 70 grams from the 700 g half.  Mould into a cylindrical shape with the help of clingfilm, and let rest for another 24 hours in the fridge.

For the raspberry gelatin, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil.  Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and split with a whisk.

For the balsamic vinegar bread, begin by removing the crust from the white sandwich bread.  Melt the vegetable carbon into the vinegar and pose the bread inside the mix. Allow to soak and absorb.  Remove the slices and dehydrate overnight. Blitz to reduce to a grainy powder.


Finishing and presentation

Poise the salmon ingot in the centre of the plate.  Sprinkle the balsamic bread powder to form a thin line on top of the ingot and add spots of raspberry gelatin atop the black line.  Adorn with sakura sprouts to close the plate.

Michelle Tchea

Born and raised with a vegemite sandwich and chopsticks in the other, Michelle gathers her inspiration from artisan bakers, local farmers and talented chefs she meets on her travels. She writes for various international publications, covering food, health and nutrition, as well as luxury travel. Michelle's third book, My Little SoHo Kitchen celebrates her latest residence in SoHo, New York

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