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Japanese Seared Tuna with Shredded Greens, Pickled Ginger and Garlic Chives
This quick to cook dish makes good use of some ready-prepared Japanese condiments and ingredients. Fresh tuna steaks are marinated in sweet mirin which is the essential Japanese condiment, Japanese soy sauce and sesame oil then seared in the hot wok until caramelised and blackened on the outside but rare inside. The tuna is accompanied by stir-fried, garlicky, shredded greens and finished with pink sushi-style pickled ginger and garlic chives. Serve with soba noodles. Serves four.
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 20-25 minutes marinating time
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
- 4 x 100-120g tuna steaks cut about 1cm thick
- 1 tablespoon groundnut or vegetable oil
- 25g pickled sushi ginger
- A few Chinese garlic chives or ordinary chives, cut into short pieces
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1½ tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Stir-fried Chinese greens
- 1 tablespoon groundnut oil
- 3 cloves garlic, finely shredded
- 1 small red pepper, stalk and seeds removed, then finely shredded
- 1 small green pepper, stalk and seeds removed, then finely shredded
- 1 large carrot, peeled and finely shredded
- 300g Chinese leaf cut into 2cm pieces
- 6 heads of baby bok choi (approx. 175g), quartered lengthways
- 1½ tablespoons oyster sauce
- Place the tuna in a dish; add the mirin, soy sauce and sesame oil. Coat the fish well, cover and leave to marinate for 20-25 minutes in a cool place.
- Heat the groundnut oil in the wok and quickly stir-fry the garlic for a few seconds. Add the red and green pepper and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the carrot, Chinese leaf and bok choi and continue to stir-fry for 2 minutes. Swiftly stir in the oyster sauce, spoon into a serving bowl and keep warm.
- Drain the tuna from the marinade.
- Pre-heat* the wok on a medium heat and when hot add the tuna steaks one at a time. Cook for 1 minute until seared and beginning to blacken around the edges. Flip the fish over and sear for 1 minute on the other side, then quickly remove the fish from the wok.
- Arrange the seared tuna on a serving plate and garnish each steak with a few pieces of pickled ginger and chives. Serve with an accompaniment of soba noodles.
- Japanese ingredients can be found in supermarkets and speciality Asian-food stores.
- Mirin is a type of sweet rice wine.
- Japanese soy sauce is a lighter, thinner version of Chinese soy sauce.