Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Linda Hirst Photo by: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Linda Hirst

Tuna Tartare with Ginger and Toasted Sesame

This version of tuna tartare steals ingredients from the sushi counter, with pickled ginger, rice vinegar--typically used in making sushi rice--and a bit of soy sauce tossed with the finely diced fish. Spoon it onto small plates as an appetizer, or into a bowl alongside taro or other crisp chips for a cocktail party snack. (It's best served right away; as it sits, the tuna begins to lose color, though the flavor remains quite good.) Look for pickled ginger near the prepared sushi at your local grocery store, or in the Asian foods section.

Coastal Living APRIL 2012

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings
  • Prep time:10 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled ginger
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 12 ounces fresh tuna, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Fold in tuna. Spoon onto serving plates, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


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