Seared Tuna and Avocado Burgers

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A twist on the classic lobster roll, these seared tuna salad burgers are easy to pull together and perfect for summer nights. Make sure your tuna is fresh- it shouldn’t be brown and instead, a bright red. Specks of white are okay, and a little black is too. I did the unimaginable and actually purchased two frozen half-pound steaks from an Asian grocery store. They looked much better than the supposedly fresh stuff. Let defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

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Seared Tuna and Avocado Salad Burgers

Serves 8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Adapted from Ina Garten

Olive oil

1 pound tuna steak

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lime, zest grated

3 tablespoons lime juice

1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder

1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce

6 dashes hot sauce

1 avocado, diced

1/4 red onion, chopped

1 tablespoon scallion, minced

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

8 hamburger buns

2 cups arugula

Heat sauté pan over high heat for 2 minutes. While heating, rub olive oil on tuna steaks and season with salt and pepper. Place tuna in pan and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side until seared. Remove from heat and cut into small cubes.

In a medium bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime zest and juice, wasabi powder, soy sauce, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add the avocado. and then the tuna, red onion, scallion, and sesame seeds. Line the buns with arugula and fill with tuna mixture.

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