Spicy Tuna Tartare

spicy tuna


Lighter than sushi, this hors d’oeuvre features the delicious contrast between silky raw tuna and crunchy rice crackers.  For color contrast, the brown rice crackers make a dramatic statement. You can find wasabi paste at the sushi counter of your local supermarket. Partially freezing your tuna will make it easier to get that very small dice.  This recipe makes about 24 rounds.  Adapted from those wonderful folks over at Fine Cooking, this recipe was one we demoed  at Brookside Gardens December 6, 2013.

8 oz. bright red tuna – you can use fresh or frozen
2 T thinly sliced scallions
1 T reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 T Asian sesame oil
2 t black or white sesame seeds, one teaspoon of each
24 rice crackers
Wasabi paste
whipped cream cheese
Flaky sea salt (optional)

Use a very sharp knife to cut the tuna into ¼-inch dice. Toss the tuna with the scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Smear rice crackers with cream cheese and top with a tiny dab of wasabi paste. Mound 1 packed tablespoon of the tuna tartare on each cracker. Press it down and sprinkle each lightly with sea salt (optional) and serve.

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