Japanese Tuna Tartare

I’m blessed to work minutes from one of the greatest markets in North America – the St. Lawrence Market. So I’m a little spoiled having fresh ingredients at my doorstep. On one pathway you can stand at the cross-roads of four fantastic fish shops all vying for your attention by asking “what can I get for ya today buddy?”. While some recipes can tolerate less ideal options, you really want to make sure this recipe is done with market fresh, sushi grade tuna.

If you enjoy sushi, this is an interesting twist on some familiar themes. It’s got some subtle Japanese additions for flavour, and a touch of heat that will certainly wake up your taste-buds.

Feel free to experiment with other great flavour options like soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil. 


Japanese Tuna Tartare

Adapted from Men’s Health

Serves: 4


12 oz sushi quality tuna (Atlantic Yellowtail if possible)
1 Tbsp cilantro, sliced
2 tsp minced jalapeno pepper
2 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1 Tbsp wasabi paste
1 Tbsp minced scallions (white part only)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 lemon, halved
Whole wheat crackers


  1. Dice the tuna into quarter-inch pieces and combine it with the cilantro, jalapeno, oil, hot sauce, wasabi, and scallions. Mix gently.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spoon equal parts of the tuna tataki onto the centre of four plates.
  4. Squeeze lemon over the tuna, and surround with crackers. Serve immediately.

One Response to “Japanese Tuna Tartare”

  1. i like the pictures!