Gluten-Free Spicy Coconut Salmon Mousse in Shiitake Mushroom Cups Recipe


This Thai-style mousse by James Beard Award-winning chef Hiro Sone has gentle kick of spice and a bouncy snap when you bite into it, making it an unexpected and exotic filling for the tender, steamed mushroom base.

Course Appetizer
Servings 30 mushroom cups


  • 6 kaffir lime leaves available at Thai and Vietnamese markets
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) salmon fillet, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup large scallops about 5
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peeled minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 1 egg
  • 30 shiitake mushrooms each 2 inches in diameter, stems removed
  • Kosher salt


  1. Remove the middle vein from the kaffir lime leaves. Chop 2 leaves coarsely and place them in a food processor with the salmon, scallops, coconut, fish sauce, sugar, ginger, and curry paste. Puree until smooth. Add the egg and blend for another 30 seconds. Transfer the mousse to a bowl and chill.

  2. Prepare and preheat a saucepan with a steamer insert. Lightly salt the insides of the mushrooms. Mound and smooth a scoop of mousse inside each mushroom.

  3. Place the mousse-filled mushrooms into the steamer and steam for 5 minutes or until the mousse and the mushrooms are cooked. 

  4. Finely julienne the remaining kaffir lime leaves. Transfer the mushroom cups onto a serving platter, sprinkle the kaffir lime over the mousse, and serve.

Photography Maren Caruso

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