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Sashimi grade tuna - with the twist
A tribute to a very old friend who taught me his recipe and has captured the tastebuds of many people over the years :thumbs:

Best sushi: Grant Hawthorne

GrantÂ’s marinated and seared Tuna on Samphire

Y= 25
4kg Loin of Tuna (Diced into 2” cubes)
Australian Rudder Fish is my recommendation
(Alternatives for this Tuna – use SASHIMI grade Tuna –
Big Eye or Yellow fin)

2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
2 Tbsp Cracked Black Pepper
150g Pickled Ginger (roughly chopped)
2 Tbsp Chopped Chives
500ml Soy sauce
200ml Olive oil
300ml Lemon juice
200ml Mirin (Sweet Japanese Sake)
200ml Plum wine

Mix the marinade with a whisk, till the emulsion
forms. Pour liberally over the tuna, ensuring the
pieces are well coated. Refrigerate for a minimum of 3
hours (prior to use) and a maximum of 72 hours.
Drain the tuna from the marinade. Heat a pan till
smoking hot (high heat). Lightly grease the pan with a
little olive oil and flash fry. This does create a lot
of smoke and flameÂ… but itÂ’s necessary for the
flavours to be encouraged.
Serve immediately astride a salad, or if you require
something more substantial, a stir-fry of vegetables,
with Udon noodles or (when in season) some sautéed Sea Asparagus (Samphire)
Garnish with fresh lime wedges.

The recipe encapsulates the Japanese term of Umame. The sweetness of the plum wine, the piquant flavours of the pickled ginger and the richness of the tuna loin, combine to create a tuna dish that can be simply eaten raw or flash grilled for added flavours.

The tuna should be deep in colour, preferably Sashimi grade and not targeting the endangered list. The Western Australia Rudder Fish would be my personal recommendation, for taste, visual impact, texture and flavour.

The serving style is simple, informal with a slight emphasis on stacking for height and visual appeal.

Over many years that I have served this dish, I have rarely given out the recipe, as itÂ’s a signature dish that IÂ’ve taken with me through all my kitchens both here and abroad. Recently I have given it out to a few people and had it published locally.

The recommended liquid accompaniment would be a simple Chenin Blanc or a light Pinot Noir.

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