This Tuna Napoleon (tuna tartare) is such a beautiful appetizer! Your friends will “ooh and ahh” when you present this as a first course! It tastes amazing and fresh! Don’t be scared by the fancy plating — it’s a cinch to prepare and plate. You can use a ring mold for the assembly, or simply cut out both ends of an aluminum can. The layering of this dish really makes the flavors pop with freshness and a bit of heat from the guacamole. Serve it with Skinny Baked Wonton Chips. To die for!
- 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (hot chili paste)
- 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
- 1 fresh lime, juiced
- ¾ pound fresh ahi or yellow fin tuna (sushi grade), small diced
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4 small ripe avocados
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and small diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and small diced
- 3 tablespoons red onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Black sesame seeds for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil, sambal oelek, ginger, shallot, and lime juice. Gently toss in ahi tuna and 2 tablespoons of cilantro.
- Mash the avocados in a bowl. Add tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, red onion, Tabasco sauce, two tablespoons of cilantro, and salt and pepper.
- Using a ring mold on a flat surface, place a quarter of the guacamole at the bottom of the mold, packing it down. Then scoop the tuna on top of the guacamole to the top of the ring mold. Garnish with sprinkles of sesame seeds and a slice of jalapeno. Gently remove the ring mold. Serve with baked wontons if desired.
Serve this with a side of Skinny Baked Wonton Chips.
Would you believe it only takes 20 minutes to churn out these awesome Baked Wonton Chips? You can usually find these wontons refrigerated in the produce section of your local grocery store. I recently whipped these up to go along side my Ahi Tuna Napoleon appetizer which is deliciously fabulous! But you can serve these with your favorite dip. Keep a watchful eye on these while they bake or they could burn quickly! Don’t you just adore these guilt-free “skinny” recipes?
Place wonton triangles in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- 12 square wonton wrappers
- Cooking spray
- Black sesame seeds
- Cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the stacked wonton wrappers on a diagonal. Place individual wonton triangles on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about one inch apart. Spray tops with cooking spray. Sprinkle the wontons with black sesame seeds and lightly press them in to stick. Lightly sprinkle the wontons with salt and cayenne pepper. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Serve with my Ahi Tuna Napoleon or your favorite dip!
OK, I know what you’re thinking… baby octopus salad… gross! NOT GROSS! These little creatures are so delish! This salad is super refreshing and healthy, you’ll wonder why you’ve never nibbled on these babies before. And the grapefruit, mango and lychees are a perfect combination. Baby octopus can be a challenge to find but are in most Asian and Hispanic markets (fresh and frozen). You can always substitute the octopus for squid (calamari) which is more readily available in most grocery stores. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! It’s so YUM!
- 1 pound fresh baby octopus
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- ½ lime, juiced
- 4 ounces coconut water
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, roasted
- 1 large pink grapefruit, peeled and sectioned (pith off)
- 1 mango, cubed
- 8 lychees, flesh only, cubed or sliced
- 2 Thai red chili peppers, seeded and sliced
- ½ red onion, chopped
- Baby arugula for garnish
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add baby octopus. Lower to a simmer and cook 15-20 minutes, covered until octopus are very tender. Remove octopus and shock them in a bowl of ice water until cooled. Pat dry and marinate with olive oil, salt and pepper for 10 minutes. Grill octopus on outdoor or stovetop grill until nicely charred for about 3-5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, coconut water, fish sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar and garlic. Add in the grapefruit, mango, lychees, chili peppers, red onion, and octopus and toss gently until well combined. Top with baby arugula and serve.