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Seared Tuna with Tropical Salsa

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Yields about 48 hors d'oeuvres.

  • 8 to 9 oz. fresh tuna fillet
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable or olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
  • 4 scallions (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
  • 2-1/2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 small ripe avocado (about 6 oz.), finely diced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves; plus small whole leaves for garnish
  • 3-1/2-oz. package plain rice crackers

Cut the tuna into long, fat, squared-off strips or "logs" 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick. Coat the tuna with the oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Set a 10-inch heavy-duty skillet over high heat. When the pan is very hot, after 2 to 3 minutes, sear the tuna logs for 20 to 30 seconds on each side-they should be seared outside and rare inside. Transfer to a clean cutting board and slice 1/4 inch thick.

In a -medium bowl, combine the pineapple, scallions, lime juice, soy sauce, and ginger. Add the avocado and gently stir to combine. Stir in the chopped cilantro.

To assemble, set the tuna slices on rice crackers; top each with a small spoonful of the salsa and a whole cilantro leaf. You may have extra crackers and salsa.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per piece based on 48 pieces, Calories (kcal): 25, Fat (kcal): 1, Fat Calories (g): 10, Saturated Fat (g): 0, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1, Carbohydrates (mg): 3, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 150, Cholesterol (g): 4.5, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is a great appetizer. I have made it a few times but omitted the avocado and reduced the lime by a little. As it sits it creates more sauce. It has a great fresh flavor.

I actually used this recipe as a main course and didn't use the crackers. I cooked the tuna for about 2 min per side so they wouldn't be as rare and substituted mangoes for the pineapple. I also marinated the tuna for about an hour in Kecap Manis that I had left over. It was really delicious and easy.

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