Spicy tuna tartare is a popular dish in Japanese and fusion cuisine, especially in sushi restaurants and seafood-focused establishments. It typically consists of diced or finely chopped raw tuna, usually sushi-grade or sashimi-grade, combined with various flavorful ingredients and seasonings to create a spicy and flavorful mixture. Here's a basic recipe for spicy tuna tartare:
Start by finely dicing the raw tuna into small, uniform pieces. It's essential to use high-quality, fresh tuna for this dish to ensure both safety and flavor.
In a mixing bowl, combine the diced tuna with a tablespoon or two of mayonnaise. The amount of mayonnaise you use depends on your preference for creaminess and spiciness. For heat, add sriracha sauce or another hot sauce to taste. You can adjust the spice level according to your liking.
Season the mixture with a drizzle of soy sauce and a small amount of sesame oil. Be careful not to overdo it, as you want to enhance the flavors without overpowering the tuna. Add finely chopped scallions (green onions) to the mixture for a fresh, oniony flavor and a pop of color. You can also sprinkle in sesame seeds for texture and a hint of nutty flavor.
If desired, add any additional seasonings you prefer, such as grated ginger, minced garlic, lime or lemon juice, or fresh herbs like cilantro. Serve the spicy tuna tartare immediately, either as an appetizer or in sushi-style presentations, such as in crispy wonton cups or on a bed of sushi rice.
Spicy tuna tartare is known for its balance of flavors, combining the richness of the tuna with the creaminess of the mayonnaise, the heat from the hot sauce, and the umami notes from the soy sauce and sesame oil. It's often garnished with additional ingredients like avocado, tobiko (fish roe), or crispy wonton strips to add even more texture and flavor.