← Back to Search Results
Japanese
Tuna Tartare with Yuzu & Wasabi

Photo by: Shutterstock, stock photo of an ingredient.
Comments: 0
 

Recipe

This may come as a surprise: the best-tasting tuna is not colored solid ruby red, but is rippled with white swaths of fat—a fact that has been the secret of sushi chefs and connoisseurs for too long. A fatty tuna like blue fin should be chosen for this dish, as its richness will mellow the heat of the wasabi. Yuzu is a small Japanese citrus fruit, and its juice is a staple in Union Pacific’s kitchen. It is the Normandy sea salt of citrus juices!

Yield: 4 Portions

Ingredients

  • ½ mango, peeled
  • 8 ounces fresh pineapple (presliced by your grocer or from about ½ medium pineapple)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 2 tablespoons yuzu juice, or 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice plus 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • 12 ounces sashimi-grade tuna, skinned and cut into ½-inch dice
  • Ground pepper
  • ½ cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into thin squares ¼-inch by ¼-inch
  • Small fresh cilantro sprigs to garnish

Directions

1. Cut flesh from mango half into small (about ¼-inch) dice. Measure and reserve 3 tablespoons of mango scraps.

2. Separate about one-third of the pineapple and cut into small dice, the same size as the mango dice. Combine diced mango and diced pineapple in a bowl and toss to combine.

3. Coarsely chop remaining pineapple and place in a blender along with reserved mango scraps and 1 teaspoon of the wasabi paste. Puree until smooth. Add yuzu juice (or grapefruit juice plus lime juice), fish sauce, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whir to combine. Taste. Puree should be tangy and pleasantly sweet; incorporate more mango for sweetness if necessary.

4. Place diced tuna in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the pineapple-yuzu purée, diced mango, and diced cucumber, and toss to coat. Plate immediately: in the center of a plate, make a circle with a quarter of the tuna. If you have a round cookie cutter or ring mold, use it to build your stack. Place tiny dots of wasabi paste in a random pattern over the tuna. Spoon some diced mango and pineapple over the fish, and layer cucumber squares on top of the fruit. Garnish with the cilantro sprigs. Assemble 3 more appetizers and serve immediately.


© 2003 Spirit Media, LLC
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

179kcal (9%)
223mg (9%)
14g
2g
4g (7%)
0g
1g (6%)
1g
1g
32mg (11%)
11g
21g
61mg
399mg
570mcg RAE (19%)
39mg (65%)
27mg (3%)
1mg (7%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
 

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

chez-panisse-fruit Chez Panisse Fruit
by Alice Waters
arthur-schwartzs-new-york-city-food Arthur Schwartz's New York ...
by Arthur Schwartz
food-to-live-by Food to Live By
by Myra Goodman
gluten-free-and-vegan-holidays Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays
by Jennifer Katzinger
the-provence-cookbook The Provence Cookbook
by Patricia Wells
cooking-with-too-hot-tamales Cooking with Too Hot Tamales
by Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger
parents-need-to-eat-too Parents Need to Eat Too
by Debbie Koenig
desserts-4-today Desserts 4 Today
by Abby Dodge
complete-book-of-indian-cooking-350-recipes-from-the-regions-of-india Complete Book of Indian Coo...
by Suneeta Vaswani
spice Spice
by Ana Sortun
125-best-vegan-recipes 125 Best Vegan Recipes
by Maxine Effenson Chuck, Beth Gurney
fruits-of-the-harvest-recipes-to-celebrate-kwanzaa-and-other-holidays Fruits of the Harvest: Reci...
by Eric V. Copage
amor-y-tacos Amor Y Tacos
by Deborah Schneider
mexican-everyday Mexican Everyday
by Rick Bayless
the-sweet-life The Sweet Life
by Kate Zuckerman
american-masala American Masala
by Suvir Saran
Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay

Sign in to Cookstr

Keep me logged in
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?