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Aug 9, 2006 08:20 PM

Dipping sauce for tuna steak

Looking for a simple but tasty dipping sauce to accompany a sesame crusted and seared tuna steak. Preferably not too thin.

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  1. A Ginger Soy dipping sauce would be perfect, but thats going to be thin.

    Ginger Soy Dipping Sauce
    1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
    1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
    1/4 Cup Water
    2 Tsp. Sugar
    2 Tsp. Fresh Ginger peeled and grated
    1/2 Tsp. Crushed Hot Red Pepper Flakes or moredepending on your taste.
    2 Tsp. Sesame Oil, Asian
    2 Green Onions, sliced thin
    2 Tab. Chopped Cilantro, fresh

    Combine all ingredients except the green onions and cilantro in a bowl and wisk to incorporate it all together. Stir in green onions and chopped cilantro.

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    1. re: Infomaniac

      Thanks, this is similar to my standard sauce. I suppose that I could try to reduce it down to thicken it.

      I've also tried a couple of wasabi variations but have always been dissatisfied.

      1. re: HMK

        I can picture what you want, I think, and this is close, but you're right - it needs to be thicker. I think the texture you want would from cornstarch, which almost makes it like a glaze. So, to that recipe, I'd whisk in cornstarch, then simmer it until thickened. You'd have to keep trying to get the right amount, but I'd start with a teaspoon.

    2. Here are a few dipping sauces I've used with tuna:

      Mirin-Soy Dipping Sauce:
      1 cup sugar
      1/2 cup sake
      1/2 cup soy sauce
      1 1/2 teaspoons thinly sliced grilled green onions
      3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
      3/4 teaspoon minced ginger root
      In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture is reduced to about 1 cup with syrup-like consistency. Let cool before serving.

      Yield: about 1 cup

      Wasabi Soy-Honey Dipping Sauce:
      1/2 cup soy sauce
      1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
      1 tablespoon wasabi powder
      1/3 cup honey
      1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

      In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, wasabi, honey, and sesame oil. Stir to blend.

      Sesame Dipping Sauce :
      3 tablespoons sesame paste
      1/2 cup shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)
      2 tablespoons mirin
      1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

      Put the sesame paste into a bowl and slowly stir in the shoyu, mirin and red pepper flakes.

      1/2 cup canola, vegetable, or peanut oil
      1/2 cup dry (not cooking) sherry
      1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
      2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
      2 tablespoons peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
      2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
      1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves, tightly packed
      3 whole scallions, sliced
      3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or white vinegar)
      1 tablespoon Annatoo (Achiote) paste
      2 tablespoons ground cumin
      2-3 teaspoons Wasabi paste

      Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat to just below the boil. Remove from the heat. Cool. Dissolve the wasabi in the sauce before serving. Yield: 1 1/2 cups.

      1. If you want a creamy sauce, why don't you start with Japanese mayo as the base and add some Japanese condiments, such as mirin, shoyu, ginger,sesame oil, maybe a touch of miso...

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          1. re: pikawicca

            that's my go-to also, and most often i use chili-garlic sauce or wasabi.

            1. re: pikawicca

              what a great idea. for some heat you can add sirarcha, hot oil or wasabi paste. to balance it out a lil miso or honey would be nice.

            2. I usually use an Asian inspired sauce as mentioned above (ponzu-esque) but for a change will sometime make the mustard/mayo based dipping sauce used at Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant in Miami, FL. for thier stone crab claws.
              Recipe is everywhere online and on thier restaurant site.
              Dijon, Mayo, worchetshire sauce and a few other ingredients. I find it a nice break.

              1. mayo made with toasted sesame oil for one quarter of the oil ( peanut oil for the rest) with some sesame seeds or wasabi mixed in.

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                1. re: magiesmom

                  Yes, yes. Or mayo with wasabi powder and soy sauce. Simple, good, thick.