Japanese Raw Tuna Salad Recipe with Wasabi
This flavorful Japanese tuna salad recipe combines avocado, green onion and daikon radish with cubes of fresh tuna. Use sushi-grade or sashimi-grade tuna for this, to ensure the quality is high enough to serve the fish raw. The avocado should be ripe but not to mushy or it will not hold its shape when you toss the ingredients together. If you cannot find daikon radish, you can omit it from the recipe. The black sesame seeds look great on the tuna salad recipe and they also add an oriental flavor.
The dressing is mayonnaise-based and it also includes sugar, salt, and wasabi for an authentic Japanese taste, as well as sake, to intensify it. Tuna is a richly flavored fish which can stand up to such flavors easily. If sake is unavailable, use dry white wine instead, or even a dash of tequila if you have some open. The flavor will not be too different. This mouthwatering tuna salad recipe is best served as soon as you have made it but you can make the dressing in advance if you like. Chill it in the refrigerator, in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, for up to six days.
If you are looking for something unusual and you want to make a tuna salad recipe with fresh tuna, rather than the canned kind, this is certainly one of the best recipes to choose. Fresh tuna is amazing raw or seared. Searing means you cook the outside over a very hot heat and the inside is left cold and red. The worst sin you can commit against fresh tuna is overcooking it. This fish dries out terribly if you overcook it and it goes chewy. Fresh tuna has a subtle flavor and an incredible melt-in-the-mouth texture. Fresh tuna is more costly than canned tuna but it is worth investing in some if you want to make an extra special fresh tuna salad recipe.
- 1 lb fresh sushi-grade tuna, cubed
- Green part only of 1 green onion
- 1 cubed avocado
- ½ cup julienne-cut daikon radish
- Black sesame seeds, for garnish
- Lettuce, to serve
- Orange wedges, to serve
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon wasabi
- 1 tablespoon sake or dry white wine
- Toss the tuna, green onion, avocado, and daikon radish together.
- Mix the dressing ingredients well and toss the tuna mixture with the dressing.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce, garnished with black sesame seeds and orange wedges.
The black sesame seeds really add a touch of elegance to this Japanese tuna salad recipe and the texture of the tuna is wonderful when paired with the soft avocado and crunchy daikon radish. You can garnish this dish however you like. You can see some red fish roe-topped avocado slices in the picture and that makes an attractive garnish. Alternatively you can just stick with the salad leaves and orange wedges. This is a gourmet tuna salad recipe which would make an impressive enough appetizer for your next dinner party.
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