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Ocean Avenue Seared Ahi Tuna With Asian Vinaigrette

Dear SOS: The Ocean Avenue Seafood restaurant in Santa Monica has an amazing ahi tuna seared with sesame seeds, served with Asian vinaigrette. Any chance of obtaining the recipe? Linda Balter Santa Monica Dear Linda: What a lovely Asian-style dressing ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes plus 8 hours chilling | Serves 6

Asian vinaigrette

  • 1 bunch green onions, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped ginger root
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Coarse salt

Step 1Combine onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, peppercorns, red pepper flakes, pepper and salt to taste in bowl. Chill overnight before using. Makes 3 cups.


  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
  • 6 (6- to 8-ounce) thick center-cut ahi tuna steaks

Step 1Combine black and white sesame seeds. Roll tuna steaks in seeds. Heat a large skillet over high heat. When a drop of water pops out of pan, add tuna and sear on each side 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to paper towels, then thinly slice each steak.

Step 2To serve, ladle 1/4 cup Asian Vinaigrette onto each of 6 plates. Top with fan of tuna slices. Repeat with other steaks.

Each serving:
275 calories; 1,120 mg sodium; 60 mg cholesterol; 13 grams fat; 12 grams carbohydrates; 41 grams protein; 1.96 grams fiber.
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