Seared Tuna with Japanese Salsa


    • 2 Tuna Steaks (big eye, yellowfin, or albacore; about 1-1/4 in. thick, 5 to 6 oz. each)
    • 1 teaspoon minced or pressed garlic
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup sake
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 3/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 6 to 8 slices peeled avocado (3 to 4 oz. total)


    • Rinse tuna; pat dry. Spread garlic on both sides of steaks; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour oil into an 8- to 10-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add tuna. Cook, turning once, until lightly browned on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour sake and 1 tablespoon soy sauce around steaks; remove from heat. Let cool, turning fish often.
    • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and remaining tablespoon soy sauce.
    • Lift tuna from sake mixture, reserving juices. Cut fish across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices and lay on plates. Garnish with the salsa and avocado slices. If desired, spoon pan juices equally over tuna (otherwise discard).