This Ginger Ahi Tuna Tartare recipe is super fresh and flavorful and it only has four ingredients! It’s a delightful hors d’oeuvre or first course for a dinner party. My husband and I honeymooned on the island of Huahini in French Polynesia. It was an incredibly amazing vacation — from the soft sand and clear ocean, to our hut on stilts and the amazing food!
We ate a ton of fresh fish and tropical fruits, all delicious. However, the most memorable dish we ate was an Ahi Tuna Tartare at a small, charming restaurant in the village. (We had to take a boat to get to the village, by the way.)
During the week, we went to this restaurant several times, just for the tartare — and it’s the inspiration behind this Ginger Ahi Tuna Tartare recipe.
I’ve kept the recipe stored away in my mind — which was easy because I remembered two important things: one, not including the salt there were four ingredients, and two, the size the cuts.
It’s the size of the cuts of ginger and onion that make for a wonderful final texture, which actually enhances how good it tastes!
What is Tartare?
- Taretare has a few different culinary meanings.
- In French cuisine, Sauce Tartare (Tartare Sauce) is a white sauce made with mayonnaise and hard boiled egg yolks. The sauce is garnished with onions, chives and capers, and is usually served with seafood.
- Also in French cuisine, Boeuf à la Tartare (Beef Tartare) is a dish composed of chopped, raw, lean beef served with capers, onions, paresly and raw egg.
- Typically when you hear “tartatare” it’s referring to beef. Tuna Tartare and others have become quite popular. The idea of the dish is very similar to that of the Beef Tartare, only with a different protein.
This Ginger Ahi Tuna Tartare is my favorite one I’ve ever had. I love the simplicity of it. An incredible amount of flavor is packed into just a few ingredients.
This is a fantastic recipe for weekend dinner parties! And if you ask me, preparing it is a lovely way to spend a weekend afternoon.
What to Serve Ginger Ahi Tuna Tartare with . . .
- A fork.
- Wonton crisps. (Here’s how to make them.)
- Butter lettuce cups with avocado (pictured above).
Timeline for making the Ahi Tuna Tartare recipe:
at least 45 minutes and up to 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead: Cut all of the ingredients and combine everything except the salt. Chill it in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.
Again, here’s how to make chips with wonton wrappers. (In this case, I just used a round cutter, a mini muffin pan and a touch of grape seed oil.)
This Ahi Tuna Tartare recipe is super fresh, super flavorful and only has four ingredients. It's a delightful hors d'oeuvre or first course for a dinner party.
Serves about 2 dozen as an hors d'oeuvre and about 1 dozen as a 1st course
Please note that the calorie count only includes the tartare.
- 1 pound sushi grade Ahi tuna, cut into 1/4-inch (or smaller) dice
- 1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped (about 1/8-inch dice)
- 1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled, super finely chpped
- 1/4 cup chives, washed and dried, super finely chopped
- salt to taste
Combine all of the ingredients except for the salt. Cover with plastic and let the flavors come together in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours. (Two hours is ideal.)
Season to taste with salt and serve. (Here's How to Season to Taste.) Serve with chips, lettuce leaves, wonton crisps, or on a plate!