Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw

I used to hate raw fish. I was a I’ll-eat-fried-shrimp-and-nothing-else kinda girl. Now I love it! So it’s funny to now look back and wonder when that switch to raw fish lover happened. My first raw fish memory is slightly blurry. My dad was most definitely there, so it must have happened early in my collegiate career. You know, the same time coffee became a necessity and not a disgusting thing my parents must’ve had to choke down. In fact, my first memory of tasting coffee was with my dad too. We were having a garage sale and offered free coffee to shoppers. He had me try a sip which immediately induced my spitting reflex. So even though I hated coffee and raw fish back then, I suppose I have my dad to thank for the development of my palate. Although… I wonder if I would have enjoyed raw fish earlier if I had a dish like this Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw.

This is the kind of raw fish dish that could convert any raw fish hater. The foundation of the dish is a light, crisp, slightly tart salad. The veggie packed slaw contrasts beautifully with the soft and slightly sweet tuna. The aromatic sake broth is full of pungent flavors, helping to mask any fishy taste that would deter any critic. But dont worry, fish lovers. The spicy ginger, sweet sake, and salty soy sauce pull out the gentle nuances of the fish beautifully. This Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw is one of my favorite was to enjoy raw fish.

Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw

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Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw
The crunchy vegetables and delicately sweet tuna in this bright and satisfying Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Slaw is the perfect Summer week day meal.
Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
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Sake Washed Tuna Tartare
Asian Grapefruit Slaw
Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
portions
Ingredients
Sake Washed Tuna Tartare
Asian Grapefruit Slaw
Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw
Instructions
Grapefruit Vinaigrette
  1. Mix all of the ingredients vigorously in a small bowl.
Asian Grapefruit Slaw
  1. Toss all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Toss in 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette, adding in more if needed. Season with salt.
    graperfruit, mung bean sprouts, carrots, green onions, fennel
Sake Washed Tuna Tartare
  1. Mix all of the ingredients, minus the tuna in a small bowl. Make sure the bloodline and any sinew is removed from the tuna. Cut tuna into 1/2 inch cubes. Place tuna into sake marinade for no more than 5 minutes (any longer and the protein will start to break down and become mushy). Drain and serve on top of slaw.
    Sake Washed Tuna Tartare with Grapefruit Slaw
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