Recipe: Ahi Tuna Tacos

March 11, 2009 3:47:31 PM PDT
Nick Smith takes a trip to San Mateo and visits Chef Tony Flier of Astaria Restaurant for a tuna taco recipe that you can try at home.

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tacos
For 16 tacos

Follow this recipe in this order:

  1. Make Tony's Tuna Tartar sauce
  2. Cut the vegetables (iceberg lettuce, scallions, mango)
  3. Cut the Tuna
  4. Fry the "Gyoza" Taco shells
  5. Assemble the Tacos
The Sauce

Mix together the following and set aside:

  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 tblsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1.5 tblsp Sesame Oil
  • ¼ tsp Sriracha Chile Sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1.5 tblsp Honey
Cut the Vegetables
  1. ¼ head of iceberg - slice very thin - set aside
  2. 1 stalk of green onion - slice very thin - set aside
  3. 1 mango - peel the mango, make some thin slices then cut across to make thin strips (this is suppose to look like cheese)
Cut The Tuna
  1. The goal is to cut the tuna into small dice, I suggest 1/8 inch dice
  2. Slice the tuna into thin strips, then cut those strips in half lengthwise.
  3. Cross cut those slices into small dice
Fry the *Gyoza Taco shells

Heat some canola oil in a small pot, the depth of the oil should be at least 4 inches deep. When the oil is around 300 degrees begin to fry the round gyoza wrapper, here's how you do it: Drop the gyoza into the oil, the gyoza will sink to the bottom, then pop up. When the gyoza pops up take the handle side of a wooden spoon and press down the middle of the gyoza and hold under the oil, this will create a Taco effect. When the shell turns light tan it's time to remove from the oil onto a drain cloth. You will have to do this one at a time.

Assemble the Tacos

  1. In a chilled bowl - mix the Tuna with 2 tblsp of sauce, the scallions and sesame seeds - have ready
Here you go!
  1. Grab a Taco shell
  2. Add a pinch of the shredded iceberg
  3. Top with 1 tsp of tuna mix
  4. Top tuna with mango slices
  5. Enjoy
About Astaria Restaurant
Astaria Restaurant & Bar offers an Uptown look and feel in the heart of Downtown San Mateo. Astaria's Robust California Fare begins with the freshest seasonal local ingredients. From sustainable farms and ranches directly to the kitchen?the result is some of the most delicious and dynamic food on the peninsula.

At Astaria, guests are met with a blend of classic architecture and reassuring comfort. Tables and oversized booths with views of Third Avenue rest under seventeen foot high tin ceilings and a thoughtfully appointed interior. The bar and lounge run the entire length of the east wall and include two seven person booths and bar-style tables.

The overall effect is comfort on many levels - whether coming directly from work, or from a day at Central Park with the kids. Website: