Monday, June 29, 2009

Tuna Tar Tar in Cucumber Cups

Sometimes when I'm craving sushi, but I'm too lazy to prep everything, I go Tar Tar. It couldn't be simpler:

Score 2-3 cucumbers (as straight as you can find) with a channel knife, and slice crosswise into 3/4 in. sections. With a Parisienne scoop, hollow out the seedy part in the middle being careful not to scoop all the way through the bottom - we're going for cups here, after all.

If your tuna is frozen, give it a medium dice right before it thaws completely (8 oz. of tuna will yield about 15 portions). Add to this about 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger, 2 tsp of toasted sesame seeds, a dash of quality dark soy sauce, a few drops of dark sesame oil, and a splash of rice wine vinegar or a squeeze of lemon juice. Toss to coat, and let sit for a few minutes until the tuna thaws completely.

Make a bit of Sriracha Mayo by adding just enough of the Sriracha hot sauce to some mayonnaise until it's light orange in color (or spicier if you prefer). Finish with a squeeze of lime or lemon juice, and transfer to a squeeze bottle if you have one handy. Squeeze a small dab into each cucumber cup, then gently fill each cup with a heaping portion of tuna. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!


Suzi Riot said...

That looks awesome!

Jennifer said...

Wow, that looks delicious. And way easier than rolling sushi.

Jennifer said...

that tar tar was delicious, indeed. :] the photo looks lovely, keith!

Matt said...

Looks delicious.

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