Pink ahi tuna with wasabi

March 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Pink peppercorn crusted seared ahi tuna with white wasabi sauce. Chef Robert Fair of The Guys Guide shares his recipe for a low-fat dish that's easy to make!

Recipe: Pink Peppercorn Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna


  • 1.50 Lbs Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna (Blood Line Removed)
  • 1 Cup Pink Peppercorns
  • 3 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size: 6oz
Serving Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 256
Calories from fat: 24
Protein: 50g
Carbohydrates: 0g


With a sharp knife, cut the tuna into 4 large pieces lengthwise. (Pieces should be 1"x1" in width and height. Length should be no more than 6").

Place the pink peppercorns on a large wooden cutting board.

With a rolling pin, roll over and crack all peppercorns till coarse.

Season the tuna pieces with salt.

Place the coarsely ground pink peppercorns in a shallow plate.

Roll each piece of the seasoned Ahi tuna in pink peppercorns, crusting all four sides of the segment, leaving the ends bare.

Heat the grapseed oil in a large stainless steel sauté pan over high heat.

The pan should be as hot as you can get it. (You should start to see the grapeseed oil just start to release the faintest amount of smoke.

Place the tuna in the pan, and sear on each side for about 10 seconds.

Remove from pan. The tuna will be very rare, and should have an equal amount of doneness on each for sides.

Slice each segment into 1/4-inch thick slices, and fan out on a serving plate.

Robert's White Wasabi Sauce


  • 2 Cups of Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Mustard
  • 3 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Prepared Wasabi
  • 2 Tbsp Saki
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • The Juice of half a lemon


Place all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until fully incorporated. Place in a squeeze bottle in the fridge for up to the expiration date on the package of sour cream.

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About The Guys Guide:
The Guys Guide site features more than 25 video and written recipes with tips and tricks on preparation. Everything a guy needs to create a perfect meal, including shopping lists, shortcuts, and wine pairings. Easily downloadable to a video iPOD or other PDA, the site has recipes for beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian meals, as well as irresistible breakfasts.

About Chef Robert Fair:
The real pursuit of Chef Robert Fair's culinary career came during college when he enrolled at the California Culinary Academy instead of going to an academic college. He was the 2000 winner of the prestigious CCA Iron Chef Competition which put him in line to work in some of the Bay Area's top fine dining establishments. "Restaurants were fun but there is a certain satisfaction of teaching someone how to make something amazing -- especially guys, because women love a man who can cook," explained Fair who practiced his craft as culinary director of Sur La Table, the nationwide culinary products retailer. Born and raised in San Francisco, the 28 year old Fair remembers helping his mother and aunts stuff the Thanksgiving turkey when he was about 8. He helped out in the kitchen as often as he could. Fair plans to add new recipes to his website, including some items that he will make for the Bachelorette during the reality TV series.

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