Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer Recipe

With Wasabi Lime Vinaigrette Over Pea Shoots

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Active/Total Time: 20 mins/20 minsServes: 2 to 3

This recipe for seared ahi tuna makes a great appetizer. It's served over fresh pea shoots (a mild-tasting green) and drizzled with a homemade wasabi lime vinaigrette.

Wasabi is extremely spicy, so the 1-1/2 tsp. called for can be lessened to taste if preferred. But don't skimp on the other ingredients -- lime juice, pickled ginger, sugar, rice wine vinegar, etc. Its acidity complements the tuna extremely well.

Since ahi tuna is a fish typically served rare, each piece just needs a quick searing before it's ready to be plated. Coat on all sides with salt and pepper, then sear in a stainless steel pan with a touch of oil. The sides are properly seared just when the edges start browning, forming a golden crust.

If serving this during a cocktail party, try pairing each dish with a small glass of Viognier white wine.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 green onion
  • 1 tsp pickled ginger
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 1/2 tsp wasabi powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ahi tuna
  • 1 Tbsp coarsely cracked pepper (approx.)
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt (approx.)
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • grapeseed oil (for searing)
  • 1 cup pea shoots (approx.)
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (approx.)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pickled ginger (for garnish)

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