Ina First Fridays: Tuna Rolls


Ina serves these in a grilled hot dog roll, but I wanted fewer carbs so served it as a salad. The tuna would be super done on your grill, but it works fine stove top as well. Just make certain to follow the directions for time because you want it rare on the inside. I served the tuna in a lettuce cup, so I omitted the arugula.

Grilled Tuna Rolls
2009, Ina Garten



Ingredients:
Good olive oil 
1 pound very fresh tuna steak, 1-inch thick 
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1 lime, zest grated 
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes) 
1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder 
1 teaspoon soy sauce 
5 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco) 
1 firm, ripe Hass avocado, medium-diced 
1/4 red onion, chopped 
1 tablespoon minced scallion, white and green parts 
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds 
9 hot dog rolls, grilled or toasted 
1 bunch baby arugula, washed and spun dry

Method:
Heat a charcoal grill with hot coals. Brush the grill with oil. Brush both sides of the tuna with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cook the tuna over the hot coals for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate. The tuna should be seared on the outside and raw inside. Allow to cool and cut into cubes.



(If you don't want to heat a grill, you can sear the tuna in a dry saute pan over high heat. Heat the pan for 2 minutes, add the tuna steaks and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side until seared on the outside and still raw inside.) 

For the dressing:
Whisk together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the lime zest, lime juice, wasabi powder, soy sauce, hot sauce, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Toss the avocado in the dressing and then add the tuna, red onion, scallion, and sesame seeds. Line the rolls with arugula leaves, fill with the tuna mixture, and serve. 


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