Seared Tuna, Yellowtail and Salmon with Three Dipping Sauces

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 40 min
  • Cook: 30 min


1 pound skinless salmon fillet, sliced into 1-inch-thick strips

1 pound skinless tuna loin, sliced into 1-inch-thick strips

1 pound yellowtail fillet, sliced into 1-inch-thick strips

Canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Garlic-Lime Aioli, recipe follows

Spicy Ponzu, recipe follows

Orange-Ginger Sauce, recipe follows

Garlic-Lime Aioli:

1 cup mayonnaise

2 cloves garlic, smashed to a paste with salt

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spicy Ponzu:

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce

Pinch sugar

Freshly ground black pepper

Orange-Ginger Sauce:

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 tablespoons peeled and finely grated fresh ginger

1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest

1 large scallion (white and green part), thinly sliced

1 teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds


Special equipment:
6-inch wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for at least 1 hour
  1. Preheat a charcoal grill or kamado-style ceramic charcoal cooker for direct grilling over high heat.
  2. Thread one strip of fish per skewer, brush with oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until slightly charred on both sides and still rare in the middle, about 30 seconds per side. Serve on platters with the dipping sauces in small bowls.

Garlic-Lime Aioli:

  1. Whisk together the mayonnaise, garlic, lime zest and juice and salt and pepper to taste. Let stand 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld before serving.

Spicy Ponzu:

  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, lemon juice, chile-garlic sauce and sugar and season with pepper. Let the sauce sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Orange-Ginger Sauce:

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger and red chile flakes and cook until the ginger is soft, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat to high, add the orange juice, brown sugar, soy sauce and lime juice and cook until the mixture is reduced by about one-quarter, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat, stir in the rice vinegar and orange and limes zests and let cool to room temperature. Add the green onions and sesame seeds just before serving.
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6 Reviews

Jeff B.

incredible! let's see....aioli, orange, ponzu.  No wait,,,,orange, ponzu.....whatever.  All delicious!!!

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