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Requisite Tuna Tartare with Pickled Ginger–Wasabi Sorbet

Like fried calamari, sliders, and beet salad, everybody’s got to have their take on tuna tartare; this is mine. I’ll be serving it tonight at Yelp’s sold-out Red Carpet Gallery Gala—but if you’re not among the lucky ticket-holders, never fear: it’s on this week’s Unleashed menu at Poe’s Kitchen too!


Tuna Tartare with Wasabi and Pickled Ginger Sorbet

Serves 8 with leftover sorbet

For the tartar:
½ c. quality soy sauce
½ t. fresh ginger, diced finely
1 t. finely chopped chives
2 t. rice vinegar or tarragon vinegar
8 oz. sushi-grade tuna, diced

Combine the first four ingredients and reserve; add tuna to marinate in the refrigerator about 30 min. before serving.

For the sorbet:

1 pint high-quality lemon sorbet
about 3 t. chopped pickled ginger
about 2 t. wasabi powder combined with simple syrup (¼ c. warm water + 2 t. granulated sugar)

Allow sorbet to sit at room temperature for about an hour or until it is just soft enough to easily remove from container (it should not have melted completely).

In a food processor, place sorbet and ginger and puree until fairly smooth; if small pink pieces of the ginger remain, that is fine. Next, with the processor still running, spoon in the wasabi syrup. Turn off processor and taste for kick of wasabi. Personal preference is key here; just remember that both the wasabi and the ginger flavors intensify with time.

Place the sorbet back into a container, cover and refreeze. (Can be made far in advance; will keep for weeks.)

To finish:
When you’re ready for your party, pour the excess soy vinaigrette off the tuna and place about an ounce of fish atop each of eight serving spoons. Scoop small balls of sorbet on top and enjoy!



  Matt wrote @

I just got out of the yelp event and by far this dish was easily the best thing there. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  poeskitchen wrote @

That’s so kind, Matt and Sara! Glad you enjoyed it.

  Sara wrote @

It was SO delicious! Thanks again for participating 🙂

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