Japanese-Style Tuna Ceviche with Togarashi and Radish

Japanese-Style Ceviche with Togarashi and Radish on blue blanket.
Japanese ingredients like soy sauce, togarashi, and sesame oil flavor the fish in this Nikkei-style ceviche.Ted Cavanaugh

Depending on how the fish is cut, this dish falls between a ceviche and a tiradito, a Japanese-Peruvian (or Nikkei) invention similar to ceviche, in which the fish is thinly sliced like sashimi. Nikkei-style preparations such as this often feature Japanese ingredients like soy sauce, togarashi, and sesame oil.

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Japanese-Style Tuna Ceviche with Togarashi and Radish
Depending on how the fish is cut, this dish falls between a ceviche and a tiradito, a Japanese-Peruvian (or Nikkei) invention similar to ceviche, in which the fish is thinly sliced like sashimi. Nikkei-style preparations such as this often feature Japanese ingredients like soy sauce, togarashi, and sesame oil.
Yield: serves 4
Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. tuna or bonito fillet
  • 1 small firm-ripe avocado
  • 2 small radishes
  • 1 cup leche de tigre
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 12 tsp. wasabi paste
  • 12 tsp. togarashi (optional)
  • Kosher salt and white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. chopped cilantro
  • 14 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ajì limo or habanero
  • 2 Tbsp. puffed brown rice
  • Fresh seaweed, finely torn, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. At least 2 hours and up to 1 day before serving, rinse the tuna. Pat dry. Cut into 2-inch-by-½-inch-by-½-inch strips; spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Chill, uncovered, for 2 hours or up to 1 day. (If longer than 2 hours, top with parchment paper.)
  2. Up to 1 hour before serving the ceviche, peel the avocado and radishes and slice as thinly as possible. Cut the avocado into bite-size pieces and layer between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to prevent browning; refrigerate. Place the radishes in a bowl of ice water.
  3. To the leche de tigre, whisk in the soy sauce, sesame oil, wasabi paste, and togarashi, if using.
  4. To serve, add the tuna and a pinch each of salt and white pepper to a chilled bowl. Let stand for 30 seconds, then add the cilantro and stir for 10 seconds. Stir in the shallot and ají limo or habenero.
  5. Transfer the fish to a cold plate, and garnish with the avocado and radish slices, puffed rice, and seaweed, if using. Serve immediately, pouring the liquid over the fish at the table.