Seared Tuna Tataki

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Do you love sushi? If so, you will LOVE this tuna tataki appetizer!! I cannot encourage you enough to make this. I used to only eat sushi that had cooked fish, never raw. Sashimi was off the menu for me. I couldn’t handle the texture. But somehow that changed about a year or so ago. I tried a piece of sashimi that someone else had ordered and it was so amazing. Life changing. Well, as life changing as food can be. It was a gorgeous buttery texture. Dipping it in soy sauce/coconut aminos gives it that hint of saltiness that makes the flavour UNREAL. Now I can’t get enough of it. Even typing out this post is making me salivate and want to go eat some for lunch. I could seriously eat it every single day! I haven’t tried that but sounds like a good challenge, dontcha think?!

But eating out frequently does add up ($$), so this is a great way to enjoy the fresh, buttery taste of sashimi at home. The quality of the ingredients really make the dish, so try and use the best you can find. I used President’s Choice brand seared tuna tataki that I found at Superstore in the frozen seafood section. Since it was already seared it saved me a step and was just a matter of thawing it and arranging on a plate, so little prep time is needed! You can definitely buy fresh sushi-grade tuna and sear it yourself (approx. 30 seconds per side until cooked to your desired preference). But make sure it says sushi-grade! Super important. Sushi-grade fish has been frozen to certain guidelines to kill off any worms and parasites (GROSS). You do not want to be buying regular tuna fillets and eating that raw.  Yes, I did personally hear of someone doing that with salmon. She loved sashimi and would buy regular salmon and eat it raw. No no no no. Please don’t do that. I can’t remember for the life of me who it was now…but if you’re reading this, I hope you’ve stopped doing that!


Anyways, here’s the super simple recipe. Go make it! You can thank me later! 😉


Seared Tuna Tataki

An elegant appetizer that is sure to impress!

Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4 people
Author: Stacie from
  • 142g pkg sushi-grade seared wild tuna
  • 1 cucumber – sliced thick
  • 2 tsp black truffle oil
  • sesame seeds black & white
  • radish
  • green onions/chives
  • peashoot
  1. If your tuna is not already seared & sliced, then do so. Sear for about 30 seconds per side in a hot oiled pan (or until desired level of cooked), then remove from pan & place in an ice bath to stop cooking. Pat dry and slice.

  2. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the uncooked side (they will stick better to the tuna).

  3. Alternate slices of cucumber with tuna & drizzle with black truffle oil.
  4. Top with green onions/chives, spiralized radish, peashoots, and more sesame seeds if desired. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any unused portions to keep the tuna fresh.
  5. Take a moment to admire your creation then enjoy!!
March 28, 2018
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