Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seared Ahi Lettuce Wraps


One 8 to 10 oz. ahi tuna steak
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 TBS honey
2 TBS mirin
2 TBS rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground pepper
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 TBS vegetable oil
Head of butter lettuce
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 scallion sliced thin
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1 cup cooked brown rice


In a shallow dish whisk together the soy sauce, honey, mirin, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and pepper. Add the ahi and let it marinate in the fridge for at least an hour. Place the sesame seeds on a plate or in a shallow dish. Press the marinated ahi in to the sesame seeds. Turn the ahi to coat it in the sesame seeds.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large want it super hot...the oil should be starting to ripple, and about to smoke. Add the ahi and let it sear for about a minute or two on each side. Remove from the pan and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Slice against the grain.

Use one lettuce leaf as your "cup". Place a few spoonfuls of brown rice in the cup. Top it with carrot, scallion, cilantro, avocado, and place a few slices of the ahi on top.

For a dipping sauce combine 3 TBS low sodium soy sauce, 1 TBS rice vinegar, a tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp garlic salt, and a pinch of crushed red pepper. 

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