Avocado Tuna Tartare makes a spectacular, easy, out-of-the-ordinary appetizer! So tasty with tuna, cucumber, avocado, and an Asian dressing!

This Ahi Tuna Tartare is a super easy appetizer that doesn’t require cooking, just some dicing, and whisking. It’s an elegant dish you can add to your repertoire of recipes for entertaining.

Tuna Tartare with Avocados in a white ceramic bowl with a lid propped on the side

Why You’ll Love this Tuna Tartare Recipe

  • If you’ve loved eating tuna tartare at high-end restaurants, you can now make it at home, for a fraction of the cost!
  • It’s a wonderful starter when you have company for dinner.
  • Tuna tartare is low in carbs, full of healthy fats, protein and is delicious!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sushi-Grade Ahi Tuna?

Sushi Grade is a label given by the wholesalers or sellers to indicate the highest quality of seafood. It’s for seafood that they feel is safe to be eaten raw.

But unlike beef, there is no governing body, like the USDA, to grade fish. So make sure to buy your seafood from a source with a pristine reputation.

Why is it Called Tuna Tartare?

Tartare refers to seasoned raw ground meat or seafood often shaped into cakes. French-trained Chef Tachibe invented this dish in 1984 and added “tartare” to honor his culinary background.

Is it Safe to Eat Raw Tuna?

It is generally safe to eat when bought from a reputable source and the tuna has been frozen, which eliminates parasites. It’s not recommended to serve raw seafood to the very young, elderly or immune-compromised.

What is Wasabi?

Wasabi or Wasabe is the Japanese version of horseradish. The green condiment is described as “sharp, pungent, and fiery in flavor,” according to The Food Lover’s Companion. It’s available in a paste or powder and comes from an Asian root.

square bowl of tuna tartare in front of wonton crisps in small white bowl

How to Make Tuna Tartare

  • Make wonton chips if desired by brushing  triangles of Egg Roll Wrappers with oil and sprinkling with sesame seeds, and baking. Note that the sesame seeds don’t adhere very well!
  • Dice the tuna, avocado and cucumber.
  • Whisk together the dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the diced ingredients plus the chopped chives, and gently toss together.
  • Serve with wonton crisps. May sprinkle with more chives and sesame seeds if desired.
  • Keep refrigerated.
Tuna tartare in Asian Spoons on a white tray

Photo circa 2012

Tips for Making Asian Tuna Tartare

I first had tuna tartare years ago at Todd English’s Olives in Aspen, Colorado. We were on a family vacation and my parents were babysitting while Bill and I had a rare night out on the town. I remember nothing of the dinner except my appetizer, with which I fell madly and utterly in love. So when I recalled a tuna tartare recipe that called for both sesame oil and sesame seeds, I had my excuse to whip up a dish that would be mine, all mine. I savored every bite.

  • If you make this for company, don’t prepare it too far in advance. The soy in the dressing will mute the colors of the individual components. But do allow some time for the sauce to flavor all the ingredients, about an hour in the refrigerator will do.
  • Cut all the components into similar-sized cubes. This will make it easier to eat.
  • Make sure you purchase your tuna from a reputable fishmonger. Since you will not be cooking your fish, very fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna is imperative.
  • Make sure to keep your tuna tartare well chilled until you serve it.

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If you like ahi tuna, check out my Ahi Tuna Nicoise for a wonderful lunch or dinner! 

Tuna tartare with avocados in a white ceramic bowl in front of a small bowl of wonton chips

Tuna Avocado Tartare

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Yield 6 servings

An Asian inspired appetizer with avocados, cucumbers, Ahi tuna and chives!

Ingredients

  • 12 wonton wrappers, cut in half on the diagonal
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 8 ounces sushi grade ahi tuna, cut into 1/3 inch cubes
  • 1 avocado, cut into 1/3 inch cubes
  • 1 cup cubed English cucumber (peeled and cut into 1/3 inch cubes)
  • Chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheet with parchment and arrange wonton triangles on the pan.
  2. Brush each with olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  3. Bake till golden, about 9 minutes. Cool.
  4. Whisk together the soy, vinegar, lemon juice, wasabi, and sesame oil.
  5. Add tuna, avocado, cucumber, and fresh chives to taste. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Serve with wonton crisps. May sprinkle with more chives and sesame seeds if desired.

Notes

Do not mix with the dressing too early if making for company as the tuna will darken from the soy sauce. But it actually tastes better the next day---so if you're not picky about the appearance, go ahead and make it ahead of time.

Adapted from Bon Appetit

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 546mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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