Friday, September 18, 2009
I was literally staring at this perfectly square piece of fresh sushi grade ahi tuna from the fish vendor at Dry Dock Fish from my farmer's market. I mean literally. And it was staring back at me. I think the tuna and I were having a staring contest. It was calling my name and tempting me to buy it. The beautiful looking half pound piece of tuna. I caved and brought it home. I suck at that game! Even pieces of fish beat me. Dang it! That day, I decided to make some light healthy sliders with these. Though, these aren't my famed ahi burgers. I'll be making those another time. I still had my steamer out from earlier in the week. So I decided on steaming rather than baked, broiled or pan-fried.
I lightly chopped the tuna and mixed in to shallots, garlic and fresh ginger. Of course a tiny seasoning of pepper. Placed it on a cake pan and drizzled some soy sauce right before steaming. Some of the juices of the fish mixed with the soy sauce giving it a a nice 'au jus' that I drizzled over the patty right before serving. It'll soak into the bread making the taste even better. Sprinkled a little bit of shredded cheese and spread some ginger mayo on the bread and I was good to go.
Simple snack/meal that was light and filling and tasted really really good and flavorful. I love tuna.
Makes 4 sliders
Steamed Ahi Sliders
1/2 lb ahi tuna fillet - sushi grade
1/2 small shallot - finely chopped
1 large garlic clove - finely chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger - finely chopped
2 Tbsp soy sauce
pinch of pepper
You choice of bread
shredded cheese (optional)
For my ginger-mayo recipe go here
Carefully mince the ahi tuna with you knife.
Mix in the shallot, garlic, ginger and season with a pinch of pepper.
Prepare your steamer. And heat you choice of bread.
Form into patties and place in an aluminum foil-formed bowl or pie tin or steamer safe dish. Drizzle the soy sauce evenly among the patties.
Steam for roughly 3-4min. Some of the juices from the fish will seep through, drizzle that over the patty and let it soak into the bread. Put some shredded cheese on top before serving, which is optional.