Big-eye tuna tartare

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Big-eye tuna tartare
(Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times)

Avocado relish


Mash the avocado flesh with the tines of a fork and add the lemon juice. Add the onion and chives. Add the oil in a stream, stirring to blend. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

Green peppercorn dressing


Place the peppercorns, their juice, the mustard and the lemon juice in a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend at low speed for 30 seconds. Add the oil in a slow stream, blending on high speed. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper.



Slice the radishes as thinly as possible, using a mandoline if you have one.


Make a ring with the radishes in the center of each of 4 chilled plates. Place a 2 1/2 inch-diameter ring mold in the center of each ring of radishes. Divide the avocado relish among the molds; it should not be more than one-half-inch tall.


Season the tuna with salt and pepper. Add the green peppercorn dressing to taste, about 1 1/2 tablespoons. Add the chives and onion. Mix well. Adjust the seasoning. Divide the tuna among the 4 molds and smooth the tops. Remove the molds. Dress the greens very lightly with about 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Place the greens decoratively over the tuna. Drizzle the remaining dressing around the plates. Serve immediately.

Although this recipe may look intimidating, there’s not much more to it than assembling a salad. Green peppercorns are available at specialty markets and well-stocked supermarkets. Big-eye tuna is sold at specialty supermarkets and fish stores. Keep the tuna on ice as you work with it. Metal ring molds can be found at cookware stores and are often sold in sets.

S. Irene Virbila is a former restaurant critic and wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times. She left in 2015.
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