Tuna Tartare Recipe With Creamy Citrus Sauce

Quick and easy Tuna Tartare recipe loaded with creamy avocado, ponzu sauce, flavorful aromatics and a kick of Sriracha. Load up on sushi-grade tuna and get to dicing!

More popular Tuna Recipes: Tuna Crudo, Tuna Sashimi, Tuna Roll and Spicy Tuna.

What Is Tartare

Tartare means “chopped fine and served raw”. Tartare can be made with a variety of different proteins, including steak and salmon. Today we’re showing you how to make tartar with tuna.

This tartare is comprised of raw, diced sushi-grade tuna tossed with a flavorful sauce. It can be served as a cold appetizer or main dish alongside crackers or cucumbers.

Recipes for tuna tartare need to be made with fresh, high-end ingredients as each flavor component is pronounced and lends to the brightness and quality of the dish. 

labeled photo showing the ingredients to make tartare.

Ingredients

Here are the “non-pantry” ingredients you need to make this dish. The full list of ingredients is listed in the recipe card below.

Tuna – Buy tuna labeled “sushi or sashimi grade” for the best quality.

Ponzu Sauce – If you don’t have Ponzu sauce, you can always sub in Eel Sauce or Sweet Soy Glaze.

Sriracha – If you don’t have Sriracha, you can sub in chili sauce.

Mix-in Ideas

This tartare recipe can be easily tailored to your personal taste. Don’t like spice? Omit the Sriracha. Adore mango? Throw it in the mix. Here are some popular mix-in ideas:

Cucumbers
Tobiko
Edamame
Pickled Ginger
Pickled Red Onions
Mango
Microgreens
Shichimi Togarashi

Diced fish and avocado in a white bowl.

How To Make

This tartare recipe takes just 15 minutes to prepare as there are just a few short steps. The longest step is dicing the fish and avocado.

Dice the Fish and Avocado

Cut both the fish and avocado into 1/4″ cubes.

Make the Sauces

Whisk together the ponzu mayo sauce as well as the tuna marinade.

White bowl with sriracha and onions.

Sauce Up The Fish

Add the diced tuna and avocado to the sauce and gently fold until each piece is well coated. 

Tuna and avocado in a white bowl.

Build the Dish

Place a 3″ round cookie cutter on a small plate and gently fill with the tuna mixture. Carefully pull up on the cookie cutter so the tartare stays in a nice mound. Top with the sauce and lemon zest.

Silver cookie cutter filled with fish and avocado.

Variations

Looking to mix things up? We gotcha covered! Here are some popular variations:

Shrimp Tartare – Replace the tuna, in equal parts, with diced shrimp.
Spicy Tartare – Amp up the spice by increasing the Sriracha Sauce.
Honey Sriracha Sauce – mix it up and use this popular sauce!

Raw Tuna

If you’re new to preparing raw fish, check out our FAQ’s on raw fish. Number one rule when buying fresh fish: Buy from a reputable source! No exceptions.

Raw fish isn’t recommended for pregnant women, the elderly or immunocompromised individuals. Consult your doctor before ingesting raw fish.

Bigeye fish steak on a white plate.

Ahi Tuna Tartare

It’s important to go with the highest quality tuna you have access to and can afford. Unlike sushi recipes, there’s no rice or seaweed to help mask the texture and flavor of lower quality tuna.

The best options to snag are Bluefin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna or Yellowfin Tuna.

Serving Ideas

If serving as a cold appetizer, here are some other appetizers or sides to pair it with: kani salad/Kanikama, sushi bake, sushi rice (sushi rice instant pot), pickled daikon or edamame.

Expert Tips

  • Check out your local Asian market as they tend to have sushi grade ahi tuna.
  • Frozen sushi grade tuna works if you can’t find fresh.
  • Prepare and serve as close to serving as possible for the best texture and flavor. If serving for a party, prep the fish in one bowl and the marinade in another. Toss right before serving.
  • Raw fish recipes are best consumed the same day as purchased, however, it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The flavor will become more “fishy” with time.
  • Use a sharp knife when cutting fish. Wipe and wet it between cuts to keep the fish from sticking. Here’s the sushi knife we own and love.

Overhead shot of tuna tartare on a white plate.

More Tuna Recipes

Hawaiian Poke
Temaki Sushi
Nigiri
Sushi vs. Sashimi guide!

Drink Pairings

Pineapple Martini, Asahi Super Dry, Sapporo, Kirin Ichiban, Sake, Chablis, or Grüner Veltliner 

You can also check out our “Best Wine With Sushi” for additional ideas.

Tuna Tartare

Tuna tartare recipe on a white plate.

Tuna Tartare Recipe

Quick and easy Tuna Tartare recipe loaded with creamy avocado, ponzu sauce, flavorful aromatics and a kick of Sriracha. Load up on sushi-grade tuna and get to dicing!
More popular Tuna Recipes: Tuna Crudo, Tuna Sashimi, Tuna Roll and Spicy Tuna.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • oz sushi-grade fresh tuna, dice into 1/4" cubes ((*Note 1))
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 Tbsp chopped shallot
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice + zest
  • 1-2 tsp sriracha sauce ((*Note 2))
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ Small avocado, dice into 1/4" cubes
  • 1-2 Tbsp ponzu sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of ponzu sauce with 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Taste and adjust to your preference. Set aside.
  • Add the chives, shallots, olive oil, lemon juice, Sriracha sauce and sea salt to a medium size mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the diced tuna and avocado and gently fold into the sauce.
  • OPTIONAL – Place a 3" round cookie cutter on a small plate and gently fill with the tuna tartare. Carefully pull up on the cookie cutter so the tartare stays in a nice mound.
    If you prefer to skip the cookie cutter step, just transfer the tartare to a serving bowl.
  • Drizzle with the ponzu mayo, sprinkle with lemon zest and serve immediately for best texture.

Notes

Note 1 – Must be labeled “sushi or sashimi grade tuna”. 
Note 2 – If you don’t like spice, omit the Sriracha. If you like super spicy tuna, increase the amount of Sriracha.
Nutritional information is not exact. 

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1152mg | Potassium: 733mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1972IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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