Ahi Tuna Tartar with Wasabi Caviar and Spicy Ginger Vinaigrette

Total Time:
36 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
16 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 pound sashimi grade Ahi tuna, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup sake and sesame marinade, recipe follows
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted lightly
  • 1/4 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • Sake and sesame marinade:
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger
  • 1 cup sake ( rice wine)
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar, unseasoned
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, or to taste
  • Cornstarch slurry (3 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water, blended), to thicken
Directions

Place tuna, marinade and sesame seeds in mixing bowl. Stir and let marinate for 5 minutes. While marinating, assemble "tower" base with avocado and pineapple. Top with marinated tuna and pack tightly.

Sake and sesame marinade:

In a medium saucepan, heat sesame oil until smoking. Add the garlic, shallot, and ginger. Saute until garlic begins to change color. Deglaze pan with sake. Bring to a simmer and let reduce by half. Add vinegar, soy, and sugar. Return to a boil, blend and then strain into clean saucepan. Whisk in slurry and bring to a boil to thicken. Remove from heat. Chill before using.


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