When a friend of mine was raving about a tuna salad she'd recently made, I was envisioning old-school mayonnaise and canned tuna. So I got excited when she sent me the recipe and I realized we were dealing with an entirely different type of tuna salad. This version dresses seared fresh tuna in lime, soy, and wasabi powder for a tangy Asian flavor, which gets a creamy boost from diced avocado.
The best part? While this recipe sounds fancier and uses more gourmet ingredients than a classic tuna salad, it's just as easy to whip up. I made it one night after work, and the whole process took less than 20 minutes. I don't know what was more jaw-dropping: the simple preparation or the irresistible flavor. The chunky tuna is quite filling, so served over lettuce with some crackers, this is a highly satisfying weeknight dinner. To get the recipe,
2 pounds very fresh tuna steak, cut 1-inch thick
4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus extra for sprinkling
2 limes, zest grated
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
2 teaspoons soy sauce
10 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1 to 2 ripe Hass avocados, medium diced
1/4 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions)
1/4 cup red onion, small diced
- Brush the tuna steaks with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the tuna steaks in a very hot sauté pan and cook for only 1 minute on each side. Set aside on a platter.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, lime zest, wasabi, lime juice, soy sauce, and hot sauce. Add the avocados to the vinaigrette.
- Cut the tuna in chunks and place it in a large bowl. Add the scallions and red onion and mix well. Pour the vinaigrette mixture over the tuna and carefully mix.
- Seafood, Salads
- Other Asian