Woo Wai Leong’s Cured and Charred Swordfish Recipe

A recipe from MasterChef Asia winner Woo Wai Leong thats bound to impress your guests

By Weets Goh | 25 September, 2017 | Recipe
2017-09-25 11:53:44 2018-09-28 21:24:43
Woo Wai Leong's Cured and Charred Swordfish Recipe
Curing the swordfish gives it a firmer texture while salted egg yolks imparts a natural umami flavour

Soy Glaze

Serves 4 as an appetiser | Level: Medium | Total time: 30 mins, excluding curing time


  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 10ml toasted sesame oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together and dissolve over medium heat. Bring to a boil and remove from heat, let cool.

Curing the Swordfish


  • 50g fine salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 50ml mirin or other cooking wine (try Shaoxing rice wine)
  • 250g slab of sashimi grade swordfish


  1. Make a slurry from the salt, sugar and mirin, adding more liquid to get a wet sand texture if needed.
  2. Rub the slurry over the swordfish in a non-reactive container, cover with clingfilm and chill for about 4 hours, turning the swordfish around and reapplying the slurry every hour or so.
  3. Wash away slurry in a bowl of iced water. Slice a small piece and taste to check seasoning, reapply slurry again if more seasoning is required for the swordfish.

To serve the Cured and Charred Swordfish


  • 1 salted egg yolk, cured and frozen
  • 1 piece of bottarga
  • spring onions or chives, finely cut


  1. Slice the swordfish thinly. Curl each piece and run a skewer through it, adding more pieces of swordfish as desired to make a skewer.
  2. Using a blowtorch, char the top of the swordfish skewers. The insides should be still slightly cured and ‘uncooked’.
  3. Dip the swordfish skewers in soy glaze and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the wooden skewers and plate the charred swordfish, grate salted egg yolk and bottarga over.
  5. Top with spring onions or chives and serve.
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