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Daniel Corey

Daniel Corey
Executive Chef
The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel

Seared Kona Kampachi, Sweet & Sour Mango Salad, Saffron, Chili, Lime

Recipe courtesy of Daniel Corey
Sponsor: National Mango Board

Servings: 24


Kona Kampachi:

  • 2 Kona kampachi (substitute yellowtail/hamachi)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed


  • 2 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 c fresh lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp chile vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cold water
  • Salt, as needed

Mango Salad:

  • 4 unripe, firm mangos, peeled & julienned
  • 4 ripe mangos, peeled and brunoised
  • 3 carrots, peeled & julienned
  • 3 watermelon radishes, peeled & julienned
  • 4 c mizuna/watercress/baby tatsoi or other tender baby green
  • Salt, as needed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • Lemon and lime zest, as needed


For the Kona Kampachi:

  1. Using a blowtorch, lightly torch the surface of the kampachi on all sides. Place in cooler for 20 minutes.
  2. Slice as for sashimi, brush with oil, cover with plastic wrap and return to cooler.

For the Marinade/Vinaigrette:

  1. Steep saffron in the lime juice and vinegar until the mixture takes on a deep yellow color.
  2. Strain mixture, reserving the liquid and discarding the threads.
  3. Whisk in the sugar, then stir in the water. Season to taste with salt; place in cooler.
  4. Just before service, remove the kampachi from the cooler and lightly coat with the marinade. Can marinate for 3-4 minutes.

For the Salad:

  1. Combine the green and ripe mangos with the carrots, radishes and greens in a medium bowl; season lightly with salt, a little oil and some of the Vinaigrette.
  2. Beginning with the salad, build the dish in chilled serving bowls by layering it with the kampachi. Finish with a drizzle of the Vinaigrette and garnish with lemon and lime zest.

Project Management: Summit F&B
Photography: Carlos Garcia // Food Styling: Peg Blackley

About The Author


Patricia Fitzgerald is Contributing Editor of Flavor & The Menu, and a writer and content editor for a wide range of clients and media outlets. With more than 25 years at the helm of School Nutrition magazine, she has made the K-12 foodservice segment a particular niche, but her experience also includes work in many other industries and professions, including telecommunications, packaging, disability advocacy, waste management, community associations, small business retailers and more. [email protected]