Seared Hawaiian Albacore Tuna With Wasabi-Butter Sauce

Fresh and delicious Albacore tuna from Hawaii gets a spicy twist in this mouth-tingling recipe.

servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 25 Min

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  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 10 oz dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 1 tbsp wasabi paste
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 6 6 oz Hawaiian albacore tuna steaks, from Seafood department


Combine the white wine vinegar, white wine, and shallots in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Strain out shallot and discard; return liquid to the pan.

Stir the wasabi and soy sauce into the reduction in the pan. Over low heat, gradually whisk in butter one cube at a time, allowing the mixture to emulsify. Be careful not to let the mixture boil. When all of the butter has been incorporated and the sauce has reduced to a nice, thick consistency, stir in cilantro and remove from heat. Pour into a small bowl, and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush tuna steaks with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place in the hot skillet and sear for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Be careful not to overcook; this fish should be served still a little pink in the center. Serve with sauce.

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