Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini

Togarashi Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Serrano, Kaffir Lime, Wasabi, Borage

Togarashi Furikake Crusted Ahi
Over Ponzu
Roasted Garlic Tahini Sauce
Garnished with Serrano, Kaffir Lime Shards, Wasabi, Borage

Choosing the right fish for your dish can have a positive impact on the marine environment and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium would like to help educate local consumers on this important topic. Today, FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosted its first Sustainable Seafood Expo, a fun and delicious way to sample new seafood dishes, wines and craft beers while learning how to make the best selections when dining out or cooking at home.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is one of 200 partners in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, which produces pocket guides and a smart phone app recommending which seafood items are “best choices,” “good alternatives” or “avoid.”

sustainable seafood

Seafood Watch recommendations consider the fishery, habitat, species, management, and a host of factors that affect each species. The goal is to help sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems that will exist long into the future. Consumers are encouraged to purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that don’t harm the environment. (from Sustainable Seafood Expo press release)

yellowfin tuna

My “contribution” to the event is a recipe for sustainable Yellowfin (Ahi) Tuna, Pole Caught right here off our Pacific Coast.

Togarashi Crusted Ahi Recipe

Yellowfin tuna is found throughout most of the world’s oceans. Many types of gear are used to catch tuna. Not all yellowfin fisheries use ocean-friendly methods and some populations are overfished. Look for troll- or pole-caught yellowfin as the most sustainable option. (from SeafoodWatch here)

Crusted Ahi Recipe

Togarashi Crusted Ahi Recipe

Togarashi Fukikake is a blend of black and white sesame seeds, red pepper, salt, white pepper, dried bonito, kelp, powdered plum, and powdered red perilla. It is available at Asian markets. And it is way more interesting than the ubiquitous simple sesame seed crust…

Togarashi Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Serrano, Kaffir Lime, Wasabi, Borage

A trimmed loin of fresh yellowtfin tuna is seasoned with Kosher salt and black pepper. Then it is coated on all sides with the togarashi furikake mix.

Melt butter in a non-stick pan over high heat, adjust heat so the butter does not burn. Cook the loin for 30 seconds to one minute on all sides to form a nice crust.

Roasted Garlic Tahini Sauce Recipe

Roasted Garlic Recipe

Cut the very top off a garlic head to expose the cloves. Place in a small baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over the top. Cover and cook in a 400° oven for about 35 minutes until the garlic cloves are browned and soft. Let cool then squeeze the cloves out of the skins.

Roasted Garlic Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 c. tahini
  • 3 roasted garlic cloves, mashed
  • 1 T. lime juice
  • salt to taste

Blend all the ingredients together to form a smooth sauce.

Togarashi Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Serrano, Kaffir Lime, Wasabi, Borage

Let the seared tuna rest briefly, then slice into approximately 3/8″ pieces with a very sharp knife. Clean the blade after each slice for a neat presentation.

Togarashi Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Serrano, Kaffir Lime, Wasabi, BoragePonzu Sauce

  • rice vinegar
  • tamari
  • lime juice

Combine equal parts of the ingredients. Pour onto a serving plate in a thin layer.

Togarashi Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Serrano, Kaffir Lime, Wasabi, Borage

Place sliced tuna over the ponzu. Drizzle with roasted garlic tahini sauce, then garnish with a tiny dollop of wasabi, super-fine kaffir lime shards, thin serrano chile wheels, and a borage flower.

Togarashi Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Serrano, Kaffir Lime, Wasabi, Borage

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Dishes with Roasted Garlic

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Fall Fest is a season long franchise where Food Network editors team up with bloggers to share recipes about everyone’s favorite autumn dishes. Be sure to check out the Pinterest Board with over 200,000 followers called Let’s Pull Up A Chair!

Togarashi Crusted Ahi over Ponzu with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Serrano, Kaffir Lime, Wasabi, Borage

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