Sesame Tuna Lettuce Wraps
We always need a new, quick, make-ahead and impressive appetizer to start off a dinner get-together, or offer to bring to a party. This recipe could also be doubled or tripled if you hosting a large gathering! We found small, but really tightly packed leaf lettuce heads at T&T Supermarkets. Iceberg lettuce would also work!
Makes about 12
1 8-9oz thick piece of best quality Tuna
1 tbsp. miso paste
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
3 tbsp. mixed black & white sesame seeds
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 carrot, thin julienne (use a peeler or mandolin)
2 green onions, very thinly sliced
2 radishes, very thinly sliced
About 12 small lettuce leaves (see note above)
Oil, as needed
Flaky sea salt, as needed
- In a small bowl whisk together miso paste, soy sauce & sesame oil.
- Place tuna in this mixture, and flip over from time to time to get marinade in on two sides. The tuna will absorb it over time, about 30 minutes total.
- Place sesame seeds on a plate and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together rice wine vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add cucumbers and carrots. Let macerate 30 minutes, or up to a day ahead of time.
- Add thinly sliced green onion and radishes to a small bowl with cold water. This will help the onions curl and the radishes crisp. This can also be done 30 minutes or up to a day ahead of time.
- Cook tuna: preheat a small frying pan (cast-iron is great) over medium-high heat. While it is preheating, remove tuna from marinade (doing your best to swoop up as much marinade as possible) and firmly dip two sides into the sesame seeds.
- Add a little oil to the pan followed by tuna.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board. Let cool while you assemble your platter.
- Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter, drain and top with a few cucumber slices and carrots on each leaf.
- Slice tuna into 1/4 inch slices. Remember, there is no grain to worry about on tuna, so slice it for how it makes sense to present it.
- Add 1-2 slices to each lettuce leaf. Top with green onion spirals and 1-2 radish slices. Add a few flakes of sea salt on each piece of tuna. If you like some spice, add a couple dots of sriracha.
- Can be made up fully about 1 hour ahead of time. Enjoy!!