Tuna Tartare

Tuna tartare, red peppers, cucumbers

Feeling a little boujee?  Why not serve up some Tuna Tartare – pronounced with a New England accent where wealthy people like to “summer.”  Not only is this a really gorgeous dish, it’s packed with protein and Omega threes and lots of veggies.  It’s versatile – you can have it as a dinner entrée or as a starter served on cutesy-putsey crackers.  However you serve it – I guarantee, your guests and family will be impressed!


Serves:  Four (entrée) or 24 (starters)
Time:  10 minute prep; 30 minute chill time

½ English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
6 scallions (green onions) – mostly the white parts, with some green – finely chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded, ribs removed and finely minced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
2 Haas avocados diced
3 tbs capers, drained
1 ½ pounds sushi grade tuna – seared (keeping inside raw) and cut into a 1-inch dice
Juice of two limes
3 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp Tajin
Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare a heavy skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat until starts to gently smoke.  While that’s heating, coat the tuna with a little olive oil – just to keep it from sticking.  Gently dust with Kosher salt.  Sear for 1 minute – turn and sear for another minute.  Outside should be slightly brown, and inside bright pink.  Remove from the heat and allow to rest on a plate.

Combine the cucumber, scallions, jalapeño, red bell pepper, avocados and capers in a large mixing bowl.  In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, soy sauce, olive oil and Tajin.  Mix until combine.

Now, cut the tuna into 1-inch cubes.  Add to the vegetables.  Toss with the soy sauce mixture until well combined.  Taste for seasoning and add a bit more Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper if desired.

Allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to come together.

Enjoy over a bed of greens or on crackers!

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