I’ve made this appetizer in so many different versions. I’ve served it with a raw tuna and salmon combination to a more daring crowd, but here I’ve given you a cooked tuna or salmon version. I like the way the cucumbers hold the dish together here, but I’ve also served it with sushi rice at the base and the components detailed below piled on top of it. Whichever way you serve it, the combination of flavors is sure to be a real crowd pleaser.
- tuna fillets - 3 (dinner size)
- lemon juice - from 1 lemon
- cucumbers - 4, or 1 english cut into quarters
- avocado - 1
- mayonnaise - 1 tbsp
- salt - to taste
- sweet sushi sauce - for garnish
- pickled ginger - for garnish
- spicy mayonnaise - for garnish (see tip)
- sesame seeds - for sprinking
Dice the tuna into small squares. Add lemon juice to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook tuna for 2–3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Cut the cucumbers in half and scoop out centers using a tablespoon.
Mash the avocado and mix with the mayonnaise and salt.
To serve: Place avocado mixture into the center of the cucumbers and top with cooked tuna cubes. Add some small pieces of pickled ginger. Top with a dab of spicy mayo. Drizzle sweet sushi sauce and sprinkle sesame seeds over dish.
Tip: To make your own spicy mayo, combine a few tablespoons of mayonnaise with a few drops of red hot sauce. Yup, it’s that simple!