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Sashimi grade seared ahi tuna with brown rice, daikon radish, carrots and topped with some homemade orange teriyaki sauce

Seared Ahi Tuna Lettuce Cups

Leaves of butter lettuce are filled with healthy brown rice, daikon radish, carrots and slices of fresh seared ahi tuna. Topped off with a drizzle of orange teriyaki sauce.
Course Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 200kcal
Author foodnessgracious


For the Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • pound Half a of sashimi grade ahi tuna
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • Butter lettuce
  • 3 cups brown rice cooked and cooled
  • 1 piece of daikon radish about 4 inches long cut into thin strips
  • 1 carrot cut into thin strips
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted cashew nuts


  • Make the sauce by combining the soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, garlic and orange.
  • Bring to a simmer and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water together then add to the sauce.
  • Bring to a boil and whisk until it thickens slightly. Set aside.
  • Rub the tuna with one tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  • Roll in the sesame seeds to completely cover.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a non-stick pan until hot.
  • Place the tuna in the pan and sear on one side for about two minutes.
  • Flip the tuna over and cook for a further two minutes. This should be enough to still have the tuna be rare in the center.
  • Let the tuna rest.
  • Pick out some nice butter lettuce leaves and place on a serving platter, about 8
  • Place a heaped tablespoon of brown rice onto the lettuce.
  • Slice the tuna into thin strips about 4 inches long and place one piece on top of each pile of rice.
  • Top each piece of tuna with some daikon and carrot strips.
  • Sprinkle each lettuce cup with some chopped green onion and cashew nuts.
  • Lastly, drizzle some of the orange teriyaki sauce over each lettuce cup and serve immediately.


Teriyaki sauce slightly adapted from Food Network


Calories: 200kcal