Serves 2

  • 2 4-oz portions of ahi tuna
  • 2 ciabatta loaves, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup traditional furikake seasoning
  • ¼ English cucumber, sliced thin
  • 1 oz carrots, julienned
  • 1 oz daikon root, julienned
  • 1 fresh avocado
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 6 Fried Onion Rings (see recipe)
  • 1 oz arugula, cleaned
  • 1 cup Spicy Sesame Aioli (see recipe)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan over medium high heat. Season tuna portions with ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper. Place tuna on a plate with the furikake seasoning and press with a spatula on both sides to form a slight crust. Cook tuna for about 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Set aside.

In a second frying pan, heat butter, place bread cut-side down and cook until crisp and golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Prepare avocado by slicing it in half and removing the pit and skin. Place on a cutting board cut-side down and slice into strips so it can be fanned out onto the sandwich.

To make the slaw, mix mirin and sugar in a bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add carrots, daikon and cucumbers to mixture. Lightly toss to combine.

Put the toasted ciabatta on a plate and spread aioli evenly on both slices. Place a small handful of arugula on each of the bottom buns. Spread roughly ½ cup of slaw on each sandwich. Place seared tuna, 3 onion rings and fresh avocado half on each one. Finish with top bun and slice on a diagonal. If desired, use a toothpick to secure each half.

Serve with a side salad or fries.

Fried Onion Rings

  • 1 vidalia onion, cut into
  • ¼-inch rings
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • vegetable oil for frying

Soak onion rings in water for about 5 minutes. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl until fully blended. Whisk in water until a batter forms. Meanwhile heat oil in a large pot until it registers at 350 degrees. Place onion rings into the batter and toss until lightly covered. Working in batches, drop rings in the oil and fry for about 2 – 3 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer rings to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the extra oil.

Spicy Sesame Aioli

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp furikake seasoning
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp togarashi

Whisk together until combined.

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