Nori Ahi with Soy-Mustard-Port Sauce

Photo: Jean Allsopp
Dee Ann serves the meaty tuna on a bed of sautéed mushrooms, fennel, and potatoes.

Yield:

Makes 6 servings

Recipe from


Ingredients

1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup port wine
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup nori furikake (Japanese seasoning mix, see below)
2 to 3 pounds ahi tuna
1 cup white miso
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

Preparation

Whisk together mustard and soy sauce in a small bowl. Bring vinegar, red wine, and port to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Reduce heat to medium-low; add mustard mixture and cream. Simmer 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; whisk in butter, 1 piece at a time. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; keep warm.

Process nori furikake in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a shallow dish. Cut fish into 6 (2" x 2" x 8") loins. Spread a thin layer of miso all over loins; dredge in ground nori furikake.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 2 tuna loins, and cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. Repeat with remaining oil and tuna. Slice fish; serve with sauce.

Nori furikake is a Japanese seasoning mix that includes seaweed and sesame seeds, and commonly jazzes up rice, soups, pasta, and eggs.

Note:

Dee Ann Tsurumaki,

CanoeHouse Restaurant, Mauna Lani Resort, Hawaii,

January 2009