Lemon Garnish: Fish with a Twist

lemon fish garnish 

Fish is commonly served with a wedge of lemon. …but why just a wedge?? Who’s to say we can’t be more creative? (You’re probably wondering at this point–are we nuts and don’t we have day jobs?? Yes, to the latter..and as for the former…we’ll leave that to you to decide! 🙂 ) But the next time you serve fish or just want a fun decorative garnish for a party platter, try this cute and simple garnish. Your kids/guest will be pleasantly delighted. Who says you can’t play with your food and eat it too?

lemon fish garnish
This guy ended up as lemonade 

Lemon Fish Garnish (Great Garnishes, published by Wei-Chuan Cookbook)

  • 1 large lemon (we got these giant ones from the backyard of one of Kim’s aunts)
  • sharp paring knife
  • exacto knife or zestor with a large cutting end

First cut a large wedge shape piece off one end of the lemon for the mouth. Then cut about a 1/4 inch slice off the base to use as the fins. Trim this base piece and cut little wedges in the fin and slice a small thin wedge on top of the fish and squeeze it in. Use the trimmed pieces from the fin to insert on the sides of the fish for the side gills. Carve out some eyes with a zester or an exacto knife (or draw some on with a sharpee). Optional: carve a lip with the zester, angling it to use only one edge.

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12 Responses to “Lemon Garnish: Fish with a Twist”

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    regandmitzi — June 11, 2009 @ 6:07 am

    very cool!

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    Dominique — June 11, 2009 @ 7:09 am

    Very funny… thank you!

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    Rachel@oneprettything.com — June 11, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

    This is DARLING! Super cute and fun! I'd love to link to this post in my next Crafty Food Roundup if you don't mind.

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 11, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

    How cute is that?! You're kind of crazy is right up my alley! My kids would love these.

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    The Food Addicts — June 12, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

    hehe, that is very cute! try with other fruit and make an entire showcase!

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    Hillary — June 12, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

    Very cute idea! This reminds me of the mouse and swan in the Top Chef Masters dessert!

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    Chow and Chatter — June 13, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

    that is awesome love it

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    Ravenous Couple — June 17, 2009 @ 2:09 am

    reganmitzi: And easy to do!

    Dominique: Thanks..try it sometime!

    Rachel: Thanks for the link in your crafty food roundup!

    Cookin Canuck: Food's always more fun if you play with it too 🙂

    Food Addicts: yes, you can def. do it with other fruits..

    Hilary: Yes, saw that episode…Hubert Keller rocks!

    Chow and Chatter: thanks!

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    Mai — September 16, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

    Just discover your blog and I have to say…Love the blog and love the lemon fish! Of course, you can play with the food and eat it too. The Japanese have been doing it for centuries. Check out the following link. Sadly, the talented lady no longer does it but enjoy. BTW, she is Vietnamese also and incorporated into her bentos.


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    Ravenous Couple — September 16, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

    Mai: thanks for the link–those bentos are fabulous! So glad you discovered our site. Hope you visit and comment more often!

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    kimberly — September 3, 2010 @ 4:02 am

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    Dan — December 5, 2011 @ 5:39 pm


    I’m a Grade-Manger at this traditional Neapolitan trendy restaurant…

    I’ll plate it on a giant shrimp plate next shift! rotf

    Can’t wait to see the other cooks reactions and suitors. (I don’t think they have to “fins” to send it out! lol


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