This is my twist on a dish from the River Palm Terrace Restaurant in Edgewater, N.J. They’ve offered a version of it on their menu as a permanent “special” for nearly 2 decades. It looks complicated based on the number of steps, but it really is a simple recipe, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
I like to serve it with brown or basmati rice drizzled with toasted sesame oil & tossed with sautéed shiitakes & sesame seeds, and steamed or stir-fried spinach or baby bok choy.
Note: This has a real wasabi kick; for less heat, use 1 cup each wasabi paste and flour.
- Yield: 6 servings
- Total: 15 min-4 hr. marinating time, 35-45 min prep & cooking time.
- 4 cups reduced-sodium soy or tamari sauce
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 cup diced scallion, white and green parts
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic [about 3 cloves]
- 1 cup cold water
- Splash of sherry
- Splash of sesame oil
- 1 1/4 cups freshly mixed wasabi paste
- 3/4 cup fine rice flour
- 3/4 – 1 cup water [or more if necessary]
- 1/2 cup each black & white sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 tuna steaks, 6 oz each, 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
- In a large bowl, combine soy or tamari, ginger, black pepper, scallion, garlic, cold water, sherry, and sesame oil. Pour half of mixture into shallow dish; cover remaining half and refrigerate.
- Place tuna steaks in bowl [or transfer to a ziploc bag] with marinade and allow to sit for 15 minutes, or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator, turning occasionally.
- Add wasabi paste, flour, and 3/4 cup water to a mixing bowl or food processor. Mix or process to combine, and continue adding water, 1-2 Tablespoons at a time, until it becomes a smooth paste that has the consistency of mayonnaise.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine black and white sesame seeds in a shallow dish.
- Remove tuna steaks from marinade, gently wipe off excess, and coat both sides of each steak with a thin layer [1 to 2 mm thick] of the wasabi-flour mixture.
- Press each tuna steak into sesame seeds, coating the top and bottom surfaces completely. Use a piece of waxed paper or parchment to press the seeds into the paste securely. Discard used marinade.
- Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet or sauté pan over high heat. Gently transfer tuna to the pan, being careful to keep the paste & seeds intact. Sear tuna on both sides–about 1 to 2 minutes per side.
- Transfer pan to oven and roast for 8-10 minutes, or to desired degree of doneness.
- Serve with reserved marinade on the side,