Best Tuna Tartare (Easy Ahi Tuna Recipe)
Perfectly chilled raw Ahi Tuna Tartare is a delightful appetizer to serve in the summertime. This nearly effortless recipe features sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks plus a handful of simple, vibrant ingredients for an elegant no-cook dish that’s ready in just 10 minutes.
What is Tuna Tartare?
Classic tuna tartare is an elegant appetizer that takes very little effort to make. This traditional tartare recipe is made with high-quality raw tuna and a few other select ingredients that really let the ahi shine. There is no cooking required, it’s prepared cold in about 10 minutes, and goes wonderfully with any number of tasty dippers.
Not only is this raw ahi tuna steak recipe totally safe to eat and incredibly delicious, it’s also a rather light and healthy dish that’s packed with protein.
Why This is the Best Tuna Tartare Recipe
We’ve used the least amount of ingredients with the greatest impact to offer a bold, mildly spicy flavor. Although the ahi tuna is a specialty item, the other components in our Tuna Tartare are staples you likely already have in your kitchen.
When purchasing the tuna, be sure to shop from a trustworthy source, since you will be eating it raw. Look for good quality sushi-grade or sashimi-grade ahi or yellowfin tuna.
In case you’re wondering: What’s the difference between ahi and yellowfin tuna? Not a thing! Yellowfin and ahi tuna are the same fish, just with different names.
Ingredients You Need
Here are the 5 wholesome and simple ingredients you need to make the best ahi tuna steak tartare recipe:
- Sushi-grade / sashimi-grade tuna steaks – ahi or yellowfin
- Scallions – chopped
- Soy sauce – be sure to choose a GF version to make this a gluten-free recipe
- Spicy whole grain mustard – again, be sure to check the ingredients list if making a gluten-free Tuna Tartare
- Sesame oil – optional, but terrific for an extra luscious consistency and flavor
You can also add French fried onions or sesame seeds to garnish. Either will add a nice bit of texture!
How to Make Ahi Tuna Tartare
This refreshing raw yellowfin tuna recipe is ready in only 10 minutes. It’s best when enjoyed shortly after being prepared, or chilled for just a bit, so we recommend that you make it right before you plan to serve.
To make the best, most delicious tuna tartare, first cut the fresh and cold tuna steaks into ¼ – ½ inch cubes. Small, evenly-sized pieces will give you the best texture.
Place the cubes in a small mixing bowl.
Add the chopped scallions, soy sauce, mustard, and sesame oil if using.
Gently mix, taking care to not mush the tuna. Serve right away or chill in the refrigerator (for up to one day) until ready to enjoy.
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To plate the Ahi Tuna Tartare, scoop a roughly 1/2 cup cup portion onto small appetizer dishes.
Pro Tip: If you would like to form the tartare into pretty disks like in the photos shown here, press the tuna into ramekins and then flip over onto plates.
Sprinkle the tops with crushed French fried onions or other garnishes.
What to Serve with Homemade Tuna Tartare
Serve fresh ahi tuna steak tartare with shrimp chips, banana or plantain chips, or crostini.
It makes a wonderful summer appetizer to enjoy with other luxurious main dishes. Try it as a starter before enjoying refreshing a Garlic Lime Roasted Shrimp Salad, Seared Scallops with Wilted Greens, or pair with a light green salad with Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing.
Tartare Storage Tips
This Ahi Tuna Tartare recipe can be made a bit ahead of time, up to one day before serving. Keep in an airtight container before refrigerating.
However, do note that the taste and texture of the tuna is absolutely best when enjoyed shortly after preparing.
When the dish is made you are working with recently refrigerated and therefore cold tuna. I recommend that you enjoy right away while the tartare is still cold, or cover tightly and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to chill before serving.
You just want to be sure that the tuna does not sit out and become room temperature. This won’t taste very good and the raw fish will no longer be considered safe to eat.
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Best Tuna Tartare (Ahi Tuna Recipe) + VIDEO
- Cut the tuna steaks into ¼ – ½ inch cubes. Place in a small mixing bowl.
- Add the chopped scallions, soy sauce, mustard, and sesame oil if using. Gentle mix.
- To serve: Place small portions on appetizer plates and sprinkle the tops with crushed French fried onions. If you would like to form the tartare into disks, press the tuna into ramekins, then flip over onto plates.
- Serve with shrimp chips, plantain chips, or crostini.
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