This pan seared tuna tataki recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make. I learned it while working at Zuma so it’s definitely one of the best seared tuna recipes. See full recipe at: https://www.blondelish.com/recipes/fish-recipes/seared-tuna-tataki-recipe/
Learn how to make tuna tataki at home so you won’t have to pay a fortune for it at some fancy restaurant.
How to make Tuna Tataki – Best Tips & Tricks
1. Get sushi or sashimi-grade tuna
It is very important to make it with the freshest tuna you can find. And this goes for any raw fish meal whether it’s sushi, sashimi, or even ceviche.
Make sure you specify this to the vendor before buying it.
2. Which tuna is best for tataki?
The best fish for tataki is ahi also known as yellowfin tuna. However, this is not always easily available so in this case, you can try it with the usual frozen tuna blocks that you can find in fish stores.
If you can’t find it cut into blocks, you can get a thick piece of tuna steak, but the cooking time will be different because you can only sear it on 2 sides.
In this case, you’ll need to sear it for about 50-60 seconds per each side or until a thin crust forms.
3. How to sear the tuna
You need to grease the pan with oil and heat it well before placing the tuna in.
Cooking time depends on how big your tuna block is. Mine was about 4cm / 1.5inch and I seared it for about 15-20 seconds on each side.
If yours is larger, it will take a bit longer so you’ll need to pay attention and see when a thin white crust forms.
But don’t leave it too long. It still needs to be raw on the inside.
4. How to serve this pan seared Tuna Tataki
It’s usually served with ginger, soy sauce and sesame. But you can tweak the sauce to your taste.
For instance, you can add it different citrusy flavors like orange or grapefruit. Garlic would be a great addition and also hot chillis if you like it spicy.
It’s best served as an appetizer.
In the end, I’ll summarize the key points for you:
get sushi or sashimi-grade tuna
get ahi (yellowfin) tuna if you can. If not, frozen sashimi-grade tuna blocks will do.
grease and heat up the pan before placing the tuna in.
add sesame, ginger and soy sauce. Remember you can tweak the sauce to your taste.
Now I’m sure you’re ready to make the best seared tuna tataki, so fire up the stoves and let’s cook Japanese.
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