Spicy Tuna Tartare



    • 2 dried chipotle chiles, stems removed
    • 6 tablespoons grapeseed oil
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more as needed
    • 2 tablespoons gochujang paste
    • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
    • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
    • 2 cups chopped sashimi-grade tuna
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
    • 1 head bibb lettuce, leaves separated


    1. In a small dry sauté pan, lightly toast the chipotle until the essential oils are extracted (about 2 minutes), and let cool.

    2. Put the chipotle in a blender with gochujang paste, fish sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, 3 tablespoons of the grapeseed oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Purée until smooth, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.

    3. Meanwhile, lightly toss the tuna with the shallots and remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and salt to taste. Drizzle the tuna with the chipotle vinaigrette and serve wrapped in lettuce leaves.

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