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Seared Tuna on Sushi Rice

This recipe is easy, beautiful, healthy, and delicious. If your kids are too little for raw fish, just give them a bowl of sushi rice with avocados and cucumbers, and lox if they are big enough. A bowl of edamame or a cucumber salad goes great with this dish.


1 pound tuna steaks
4 scallions
3 tablespoons of ginger, peeled and sliced thick
1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
2 cups sushi rice
3 tablespoons wasabi
1 cup black sesame seeds
Sesame oil
1 bunch radishes
Toasted Nori

Whisk together soy sauce, mirin, ginger, scallions, and 2 tablespoons of wasabi in a large bowl. This will be our marinade. Dunk the tuna in, cover in plastic wrap and return to the fridge for half an hour. Flip and allow to marinate another hour.

While you’re waiting, make sushi rice. I like to do this whole thing in an instant pot because then it’s a one-pan dish, but a rice cooker or a regular old pot works too. I used the official instant pot sushi rice recipe, just remember to season the water with a sprinkling of salt first. Otherwise, simply make the rice as directed and season with 2 tablespoons of mirin and a tablespoon of sugar after cooking. Once the rice is complete, set it in individual bowls. When It’s cooled you will be able to invert the bowls and the rice will make a perfect raised semicircle on each plate which you can then layer fish on top of.

When the rice has finished marinating, drizzle sesame oil in your pan and bring it to high heat, so the oil is bubbling. Lay black sesame seeds on a plate and coat both sides of the fish in sesame seeds. Sear tuna quickly, 2 minutes on the first side, one minute on the second side. Set aside to rest for ten minutes, like you would resting a steak. Take that beautiful marinate you made and our it back into your pan, deglazing as you go. Bring it to a boil and then lower and simmer for about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Quarter the radishes and drizzle with vinegar. Slice some scallions for garnish. Invert your bowls onto the plate for some beautiful mounds of rice. Artfully place Tuna over the top and drizzle with a little sauce and garnish, reserving the rest of the sauce for dipping. Serve with Wasabi.

Lie and say dinner will be ready in 10 minutes and have a cup of tea in total silence. Now that’s some self-care! Shabbat Shalom!

Read more about burn out, self care and nourishing yourself this Shabbat here.

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