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Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 small or 4 large appetizer servings; 2 entree servings 1x


Tuna tartare is the ideal way to use a piece of ahi tuna! An impressive appetizer recipe, it pairs bold flavors with sushi-grade fish.


  • 1 pound sushi-grade ahi tuna*
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresno pepper (optional; or substitute jalapeño pepper for spicy)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, for garnish
  • To serve: crackers or toasts, wonton cups, plantain chips, etc


  1. Using a large chef’s knife, slice the tuna into 1/4-inch cubes, cutting against the grain of the tuna steak.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the tuna with the soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, kosher salt, chopped chives and cilantro, and optional fresno pepper. (Optional: you can refrigerate up to 1 day in advance. Taste before serving and add additional salt as desired.)
  3. Toast the sesame seeds.
  4. If desired, place the tuna tartare on toasts or crackers. Top with toasted sesame seeds and serve.


*If desired, you can also serve this as a single serving main dish portion.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Tuna tartare