Discover an exquisite fusion of flavors with our Guava Tuna Tartare recipe. Sushi-grade Ahi Tuna meets tangy guava, complemented by a zesty sauce and served atop creamy avocado. Elevate your culinary journey with this elegant dish.
Why I Love It
- Simplicity Meets Sophistication: While it may sound intricate, this recipe is approachable and can be created without culinary acrobatics. It’s a dish that effortlessly impresses without being overly complex.
- Flavor Symphony: The Guava Tuna Tartare combines elements that create a harmonious dance of flavors. The delicate Ahi Tuna meets the sweet tang of guava, creating a taste sensation that’s both unexpected and delightful.
- Textures in Harmony: It’s not just about taste; it’s about texture too. The contrast of the tender tuna with the creamy avocado and the crunch of sesame seeds keeps every bite interesting.
- Versatile Delight: Whether as an appetizer for a gathering or a special treat for myself, the Guava Tuna Tartare never fails to make a statement. Its versatility is part of why I adore it.
What Are The Ingredients
- Mayonnaise: Creamy and rich, mayonnaise forms the base of the sauce, adding a velvety texture and a subtle richness to the dish.
- Sriracha: This spicy condiment takes the sauce up a notch, adding a kick of heat that complements the other flavors.
- Sesame Oil: With its distinct nutty aroma and flavor, sesame oil introduces an Asian-inspired element to the sauce, enhancing the overall taste profile.
- Ahi Tuna Block: This premium cut of tuna is prized for its tender texture and clean taste. When cut into bite-sized cubes, it becomes the star ingredient of the dish.
- White Onion: The white onion, if used, contributes a mild sharpness and a slight crunch that contrasts with the other textures in the tartare.
- Guava Paste: Guava paste brings a burst of tropical sweetness to the dish. Its vibrant flavor infuses the tartare with a unique and delightful twist.
- Chives: Chives offer a fresh and mild onion-like flavor. Chopped finely, they add a touch of color and a subtle aroma to the tartare.
- Sesame Seeds: These small seeds provide a gentle crunch and a hint of nuttiness, enhancing the overall textural experience of the dish.
- Fried Plantain Strips: These crispy strips offer a contrasting crunch to the soft textures of the tartare. They add a touch of indulgence and a playful element to the dish.
- Avocado: Creamy and buttery, the avocado cubes create a lush foundation for the tartare, adding depth and a cooling contrast to the other components.
How To Make Guava Ahi Tuna Tartare
- Step 1: Prepare the Sauce
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sriracha mayo, and sesame oil until well combined. Set aside.
- Step 2: Prepare the Tuna Mixture
In a medium bowl, combine the Ahi Tuna cubes, chopped white onion (if using), guava paste cubes, chives, and sesame seeds. Gently mix these ingredients to ensure an even distribution.
- Step 3: Assemble the Tartare
Place a mold on the serving plate where you’ll create the presentation.
Begin with the base layer by arranging the Hass Avocado cubes inside the mold. Gently press down to create a solid foundation.
Spoon the tuna mixture on top of the avocado layer within the mold. Press lightly to ensure a cohesive layer.
Carefully lift the mold upwards to unveil the beautifully layered tartare. The contrasting layers will captivate the eyes and entice the taste buds.
- Step 4: Add Final Touches
Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the tartare. This not only add visual appeal but also contribute to the overall taste experience.
- Step 5: Serve and Enjoy
Present the Guava Tuna Tartare as a work of art on a plate. Accompany it with a side of Fried Plantain Strips. Their crunch will complement the tartare’s textures and provide a playful contrast.
- Quality Tuna: Use sushi-grade Ahi Tuna for the best results. Its fresh and clean taste will shine through in the tartare.
- Knife Skills: Make sure your knife is sharp when cutting the tuna into cubes. Clean cuts will enhance the presentation and texture.
- Avocado Ripeness: Choose a ripe Hass avocado for creamy goodness. It should yield gently to pressure without being overly soft.
- Sesame Seeds: Toast the sesame seeds lightly before using them. This step enhances their nutty flavor and adds a subtle crunch.
- Sauce Adjustment: Adjust the amount of sauce to your preference. If you prefer more heat, add sriracha to the mayo; decrease the amount for a milder option.
- Layering: When assembling the tartare, ensure each layer is evenly distributed and well-packed for a neat presentation.
- Mindful Mixing: When mixing the tuna mixture, handle it gently to preserve the delicate texture of the tuna cubes.
- Immediate Consumption: Ideally, the Guava Tuna Tartare is best enjoyed immediately after assembly to appreciate its flavors and textures.
- Short-Term Storage: Cover the tartare tightly with plastic wrap or an airtight container if you have leftovers. Place it in the refrigerator and consume it within 1 day.
- Quality Check: Do a visual and smell check before consuming any leftovers. If the ingredients appear off or have an unusual odor, it’s better to discard them.
- Safe Ingredients: Always ensure that the ingredients used are fresh and of high quality. Avoid using ingredients that are close to their expiration date.