Cook for Two Tuesday: Grilled Tuna Rolls


So a guilty past time is watching the Food Network…it’s not like it’s on ALL the time…just when there’s nothing else that good on, like last night.  The Barefoot Contessa typically does a lot of “gourmet” menu items, which she makes look so “easy”…



Cooktime: 5 min  Level: Easy  Yield: 8 rolls



Good olive oil

1 pound very fresh tuna steak, 1-inch thick

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lime,zest grated

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes)

1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder

1 teaspoon soy sauce

5 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

1 firm, ripe Hass avocado, medium-diced

1/4 red onion, chopped

1 tablespoon minced scallion, white and green parts

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

9 sub rolls, grilled or toasted

1 bunch baby arugula, washed and spun dry




Heat a charcoal grill with hot coals. Brush the grill with oil. Brush both sides of the tuna with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cook the tuna over the hot coals for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate. The tuna should be seared on the outside and raw inside. Allow to cool and cut into cubes. (If you don’t want to heat a grill, you can sear the tuna in a dry saute pan over high heat. Heat the pan for 2 minutes, add the tuna steaks and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side until seared on the outside and still raw inside.) For the dressing, whisk together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the lime zest, lime juice, wasabi powder, soy sauce, hot sauce, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Toss the avocado in the dressing and then add the tuna, red onion, scallion, and sesame seeds. Line the rolls with arugulaleaves, fill with the tuna mixture, and serve.


For someone who doesn’t really ever cook “gourmet”…I think that anyone can do this!



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