Ahi Tuna w/ Wasabi-Lime Vinaigrette
- Serves: 2 to 3
- Active Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
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Step 1: Making the Vinaigrette• 1 1/2 tsp wasabi powder (or to taste)
• 1 tsp pickled ginger
• 1/2 green onion
• juice of 1/2 lime
• 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 3/4 tsp sugar
• 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
To make the vinaigrette, thinly slice the green onion on the bias. Finely julienne the pickled ginger and squeeze half of the lime into a bowl. Add the wasabi powder and mix to combine. Then add the vinegar, sugar, salt and olive oil and whisk. To finish, stir in the pickled ginger and green onions.
Step 2: Cooking the Tuna• 1/2 lb Ahi Tuna
• 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
• 1tsp sea salt, or to taste
• 1 tbsp coarsely cracked black pepper (approx.)
• grapeseed oil (for searing)
To prepare the tuna, cut it into 2 equal pieces, if necessary. Liberally coat the cutting board with coarsely ground pepper and Kosher salt. Coat the tuna with a touch of olive oil. Next, roll the tuna in the salt and pepper and gently press it so it sticks. Then set aside, while you preheat a fry pan to medium-high heat.
Once the pan is properly heated, add a bit of oil and then add the tuna. Ahi tuna is generally served very rare, so cook each side just until the edges just start to change color and form a golden crust. Flip and sear each side. Once all of the sides are evenly browned, place onto a cooling rack and let cool while you prepare the garnish.
Step 3: Slicing the Tuna
Once the tuna has cooled, slice and set aside while you prepare the garnish.
Step 4: Assembling and Serving• 1 cup pea shoots (approx.)
• 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (approx.)
• sea salt, to taste
• pickled ginger (for garnish)
For the garnish, lightly coat the pea shoots with a bit of olive oil. Season with a touch of salt and toss.
To serve the dish, place a small bunch of pea shoots onto a plate. Garnish with a bit of pickled ginger and then fan a few slices of tuna beside it. Drizzle with some of the vinaigrette and serve.