Seared tuna salad recipe

Neil Perry
Neil Perry's seared tuna salad is colourful and nutritious.
Neil Perry's seared tuna salad is colourful and nutritious. Photo: William Meppem
Difficulty
Easy
Dietary
Dairy-free

In summer it's nice to have a quick, easy and fresh meal.

Ingredients

400g block sashimi-quality tuna

sea salt

freshly ground white pepper

2 tsp vegetable oil

100g mixed green salad leaves, washed and dried

1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced

2 red Asian shallots, thinly sliced

toasted sesame seeds, to serve (optional)

For the sesame dressing

3 tbsp Japanese sesame paste (if unavailable, use Chinese sesame paste)

1 tbsp castor sugar

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp Chinese chilli sauce

2 tbsp coarsely ground sesame seeds

Method

To make the dressing, place all the ingredients and one tablespoon of water in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Season to taste with white pepper and set aside.

Season the tuna with sea salt and white pepper to taste.

Heat oil in a heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat until just smoking and sear fish for 15 seconds on each side, so it's lightly cooked on the outside but still raw in the middle. Set fish aside to rest.

Divide the salad leaves among four plates, then place the avocado on the leaves and add the shallots. 

With a sharp knife, cut the fish into thin, even slices. Place the fish on the salad and spoon the dressing liberally over the fish and leaves. Sprinkle with extra toasted sesame seeds (if desired). Season the fish with salt and a grind of white pepper to taste, then serve.