Mouthwatering Tuna Tartare: Easy to Make and Impress Guests

Winston Churchill once said, “I am certainly not one of those who needs to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.” These words hold true for me when it comes to cooking. Cooking is not just a hobby, it’s a passion that drives me forward in life. I am so excited to share with you my latest dish – Tuna Tartare recipe.

Tuna Tartare is a dish consisting of finely chopped raw tuna seasoned with whatever flavors profiles one desires. It is a popular appetizer recipe found on many menus around the world. The best Tuna Tartare can be found in Michelin-star restaurants such as Nobu or in high-end Japanese, French, Mediterranean and modern restaurants.

In this recipe article, I’ll guide you through making the best Tuna Tartare you’ve ever had in your own kitchen! With easy-to-follow instructions and helpful tips along the way, even those who haven’t stepped into a kitchen before will have success with this appetizing dish.

So why wait? Add some excitement and sophistication to your next dinner party with this Tuna Tartare recipe. Let’s dive into the ingredient list and follow me step by step!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tuna Tartare
Tuna Tartare

Attention foodies and home cooks alike, have you been searching for an irresistible appetizer recipe to impress your guests? Look no further because I present to you the delectable Tuna Tartare Recipe, which is bound to steal the show at any dinner party.

Firstly, let’s talk about the star of this dish, the fresh sushi-grade tuna cut into small cubes. The tuna is seasoned to perfection with a combination of ingredients like soy sauce, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard. These flavors mingle together to create a taste explosion that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

Secondly, this Tuna Tartare recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing one to play around with different flavor profiles, depending on their preferences. One can add finely chopped onion or freshly cracked pepper to give a mild heat or a touch of sweetness with plum tomatoes. The options are endless; it all comes down to what your palate desires.

Furthermore, this dish’s simplicity is its beauty, making it incredibly easy to prepare even for those who are not well-versed in the kitchen. With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, one can whip up an impressive-looking appetizer that tastes as good as it looks.

Lastly and most important, this dish is not only delicious but also healthy. Tuna contains nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 that are beneficial for the body’s overall well-being. So not only will your guests be indulging in a scrumptious dish, but they will also be nourishing their bodies.

In conclusion, the Tuna Tartare recipe is an easy-to-follow gastronomic delight that anyone can make at home. Its versatility allows you to experiment with different flavors while also being healthy and delicious! Add some dill sprigs on top for aesthetics and lunch/dinner never looked so eye-catching! Make it yourself or prove me otherwise by going out there (Michelin star restaurants) and seeing if it competes with dishes from Nobu (Japanese), spices-heavy Mediterranean platters, seared steaks or slices of sushi grade albacore (the modern choice). It does not come as a surprise that Tuna Tartare has become synonymous with fine dining culture across Japanese and French cuisines with spinoffs like Spicy Tuna or BLT on menus everywhere!

Ingredient List

 Fresh tuna like this is the star ingredient of my delicious tartare!
Fresh tuna like this is the star ingredient of my delicious tartare!

Ingredients for Tuna Tartare Recipe

This tuna tartare recipe is easy and light, and can be made with fresh tuna. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • 1 lb of sushi grade raw tuna, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 plum tomato, diced
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • a handful of dill sprigs, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper and Salt

For those who desire it, wasabi, ginger oil, or other Japanese flavours may feature in the dish.

The Recipe How-To

 Don't forget to chill the tuna before starting!
Don’t forget to chill the tuna before starting!

Now that we have listed all the ingredients needed, it’s time to learn how to make this tuna tartare recipe. This dish is so easy and quick to prepare, but it will surely impress your guests.

Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

Begin by preparing all the ingredients. Cut the raw tuna into small cubes or chop it finely depending on your preference. Make sure to use only sushi-grade tuna for your tartare dish. Dice half of a plum tomato, small size of onion, and finely chop some fresh dill leaves. Slice a jalapeno thinly for those who want to add some spice on their tartare.

Step 2: Mixing the Tuna Seasonings

In a mixing bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of ginger oil, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and mix well.

Step 3: Blending Flavors to Make the Tuna Tartare

Season your diced tuna with a pinch of salt and some fresh cracked pepper before tossing them in the mixing bowl with the seasonings you’ve prepared earlier. Mix everything carefully, making sure that all ingredients are coated evenly in the mixture.

Step 4: Adding More Flavor

Time to finish it off! Add in the chopped onion, diced plum tomato, and sliced jalapeno (if desired). Mix gently but thoroughly together with the prepared tuna and seasonings mixture. Lastly, sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds and garnish with some fresh dill sprigs before serving.

Your tuna tartare dish is now ready to be served! You can either spoon out portions onto each plate for individual servings or just leave it in a bowl for sharing.

Enjoy your tasty creation cooked right from your kitchen!

Substitutions and Variations

 The bright colors of the bell peppers will make your dish pop!
The bright colors of the bell peppers will make your dish pop!

When it comes to tuna tartare, the possibilities for variations and substitutions are endless! While the traditional recipe calls for raw sushi grade tuna, there are many substitute options available that can create different flavors and textures.

If you want to switch things up a bit, try using another type of fish such as albacore or even salmon to make your tartare. You can also use avocado instead of tuna for a vegetarian option. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some spicy jalapenos or wasabi to give your tartare a kick!

Another variation you can try is using different seasonings and sauces. For a more Asian-inspired flair, add some sesame oil, soy sauce, or ginger oil to your tartare. Alternatively, French-style tartares usually have Dijon mustard and olive oil paired with fresh herbs like dill or parsley.

For a fancy twist, garnish your dish with some caviar or sliced mango. You can also combine your tuna with other ingredients to create a hybrid dish like a tuna BLT or steak tartare with raw diced tuna on top.

No matter which substitution or variation you choose, be creative and experiment with different flavors profiles to find the dish that matches your preferences best. Tuna tartare is truly an exciting dish that can be adapted to suit any taste and occasion, from a casual gathering with friends to fine dining at Michelin-starred restaurants like Nobu.

Serving and Pairing

 I like to keep my avocado slightly chunky to add some extra texture!
I like to keep my avocado slightly chunky to add some extra texture!

When it comes to serving tuna tartare, the possibilities are endless. Although the dish is most commonly served as an appetizer, you can easily transform it into a main course by adding some sides such as a light salad, some crusty bread or crackers. Notably, I often get inspired to try different variations and presentation to add visual appeal and elevate the seafood experience!

As for pairing, this raw tuna delicacy pairs well with white wines like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. The acidity of these wines will perfectly complement the dish without overpowering the flavors. For those who prefer red wine, a light-body Pinot Noir will also do the trick.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, try pairing your tuna tartare with ginger ale or sparkling water infused with cucumber slices; they refresh the palate nicely.

Lastly, if you’re feeling up for a challenge, go ahead and pair your tuna tartare with cocktails like an Asian-fusion inspired “Saketini” or “Lychee Martini” that incorporate amicable ingredients like fresh lime juice, sake or lychee fruit that balances well with the dish’s citrus notes.

Whether it’s for a formal occasion or just a casual dinner party at home, this dish can be served in various ways to impress your guests!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Scallions add a little kick to this refreshing dish.
Scallions add a little kick to this refreshing dish.

Now, let’s talk about the practical side of things: Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating.

Tuna Tartare is a dish that you can prepare in advance and store safely for a couple of hours before serving. It’s a great make-ahead option because you can avoid rushing last-minute preparations when your party guests arrive.

To get the best results, I’d recommend mixing together all the ingredients except the avocado and tomato, cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Before serving, dice the avocado and tomato into small cubes, add them to your tuna mixture, give it a quick mix, then serve on your tartare dish.

In terms of storing leftovers, generally speaking, raw fish should not be stored in the fridge for more than a day. If your tuna tartare recipe makes too much for one meal, divide it into smaller portions and store it in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 24 hours. However, it is recommended that you consume the remaining tuna within a day or so to preserve its freshness.

When reheating leftover tuna tartare, we don’t want to cook it as that will ruin the flavors and texture of this delightful appetizer recipe.

Instead, bring it back to room temperature before serving again. You may also want to give it another squeeze of fresh lemon juice to revive its flavors.

With just a bit of planning ahead and careful storage, you can enjoy your delicious tuna tartare recipe with ease!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make sure to whisk the dressing ingredients together for a great balance of flavor.
Make sure to whisk the dressing ingredients together for a great balance of flavor.

When preparing tuna tartare, it is essential to pay attention to every detail to achieve the best possible result. Here are some tips that will help you create a perfect and delicious tuna tartare.

1. Choose the Best Tuna

The success of a tuna tartare depends mainly on the quality of the fish you use. Make sure to select sushi-grade tuna as it is fresh and safe for raw consumption. If your budget allows, opt for yellowfin or bluefin tuna for a richer flavor.

2. Cut the Tuna into Small Cubes

To achieve the ideal texture for your tuna tartare, make sure to cut the fish into small pieces, about a ¼ to ½ inch cubes. This way, every bite will be evenly mixed with other ingredients and create a mouthwatering blend.

3. Season with Fresh Ingredients

Using fresh herbs like dill sprigs can add another layer of flavor, while plum tomato or onion can add sweetness and texture to the dish. For seasoning the tuna, use high-quality salt and freshly cracked black pepper to help enhance its natural taste.

4. Keep it Cool

Keep your tuna in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare your tartare, and make sure everything remains chilled as you work through its preparation process. If possible, freeze your plates before serving so that it stays cold throughout.

5. Don’t Over-Mix Your Tartare

Less is more when creating perfect tuna tartare. While combining your ingredients ensures an even distribution of flavors and textures, it’s crucial not to overdo it as over-mixing can result in a mushy consistency that will ruin an otherwise excellent dish.

6. Play with Flavors

Don’t be shy when experimenting with different flavors for your tartare. Try adding soy sauce or Dijon mustard sauce or ginger oil to give it some Asian flare, or even mix in some mango chunks with lime juice for a Mediterranean twist to satisfy all palates at dinner parties.

By following these expert tips from Michelin star chefs like Nobu himself, any home cook can impress their guests with delicious tuna tartare perfect in every way- flavor-rich, textured just right- think crunchy vs smooth- and beautifully presented too!


Now that you have learned how to make the perfect tuna tartare, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions for this delicate dish. Here are some common queries that home chefs often ask when making this dish.

What is tuna tartare made of?

One popular appetizer offered at many upscale restaurants is the tuna tartare. The dish, composed of finely diced raw tuna seasoned to taste, can come with a high price tag due to the cost of the fish.

How healthy is tuna tartare?

Tuna is a healthy and nutritious ingredient that is packed with Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and other beneficial properties. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects that can help improve overall health, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, promote weight loss, and even protect against kidney diseases. What’s more? Preparing a tuna dish takes no more than 15 minutes!

Is tuna tartare raw or cooked?

Tuna tartare is a popular seafood dish that involves chopping raw tuna into bite-sized pieces and incorporating various flavors. Although tartare is usually made with beef, using fish has gained widespread popularity, making it a dish that is enjoyed by many.

What is Toro tartare?

One delicious dish that is sure to impress your guests is the Toro Tartare. This dish features finely chopped raw fish that is mixed with a variety of flavorful ingredients and served in a unique and visually appealing manner. The dish is presented in a shallow wooden frame that has six small compartments, each containing a different component of the dish such as nori puree, wasabi, creme fraiche, chopped chives, avocado and crispy rice crackers. This creative way of serving the Tartare adds a unique touch to your party and will impress any foodie in attendance.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the tuna tartare recipe is an easy-to-make dish that works perfectly for any seafood appetite or party. This appetizer will have your guests salivating for more once they’ve tried it. With its versatile and customizable flavors profiles, you’ll be able to add whatever flavors you desire to make it something special.

Whether you are a professional chef or a home cook, this tuna tartare recipe can’t be missed. It has been enjoyed by culinary enthusiasts worldwide in the world’s top Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Nobu, and others. The Japanese-inspired dish of raw tuna cut small cubes seasoned with soy sauce or the French-inspired tartare consisting of finely chopped raw tuna dressed with olive oil and Dijon mustard is just what you need to take your seafood game to another level.

So, try out this recipe today and enjoy the crunchy and light seafood appetizer at home without having to go out to a fancy restaurant! Don’t forget to use sashimi-grade tuna when making this dish, as it delivers the best possible result. And if you want to add a little more culinary flair, try some seared albacore or spicy tuna tartare on crispy chips with a perfect slice of fresh jalapeno. Trust me; no one can resist the tempting aroma of this delicious and fascinating appetizer that will make your party talk of the town.

Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare Recipe

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Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Calories 250.2 kcal


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons dill (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon A.1. Original Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 lb fresh sushi grade tuna (julienned)
  • thin slices black bread
  • thin slices plum tomato
  • dill sprigs


  • Whisk to gether the yolk, dijon and oil until well blended.
  • Add the onion, dill, lemon juice, A1, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Fold in tuna to coat.
  • Cover. Chill 1 hour.
  • Mound on a platter, surround with rest.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 80gCalories: 250.2kcalCarbohydrates: 3.1gProtein: 27.6gFat: 13.7gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 84.6mgSodium: 277.6mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.1g
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