RECIPE: Make The Big Ketch’s Tuna Tacos

We love The Big Ketch for great seafood without having to leave the heart of Buckhead. One of our favorites is the tuna taco. Will they share the recipe? Antoinette Barclay, Atlanta

We received this recipe from Luis Moreno, chef de cuisine for The Big Ketch. The restaurant makes this with tuna saku blocks, a restaurant product of trimmed tuna cut into uniform blocks, available for use in sushi and for pan-searing. The rectangular shape makes for easy slicing. They season the fish with tuna seasoning from Atlanta-based Sidney’s Spices and recommend home cooks use salt and pepper.

In our photo, the tacos are shown with the restaurant’s grilled corn side dish.

Our base recipe is for one serving, but you’ll have enough Cilantro Kale Slaw and Creamy Soy Sauce to make four servings.

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The Big Ketch’s Tuna Tacos
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (4-ounce) tuna fillet
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro Kale Slaw (see recipe)
  • Creamy Soy Sauce (see recipe), black and white sesame seeds and cilantro sprigs, to garnish
  • 2 lime wedges, for serving
  • Season tuna on top and bottom with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a medium skillet over high heat. When skillet is very hot, add oil, wait 10 seconds and add tuna. Sear 10 seconds, then flip tuna and sear 10 seconds. Turn fillet on one side and sear. Repeat with remaining sides. Remove from skillet. Cut tuna into 6 slices.
  • Arrange flour tortillas on work surface. Put 1/4 cup slaw in the middle of each tortilla and top with 3 tuna slices. Drizzle with Creamy Soy Sauce, sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with cilantro sprig. Serve with lime wedges. Serves 1.

Nutritional information

Per serving: Per serving, without Creamy Soy Sauce: 497 calories (percent of calories from fat, 34), 31 grams protein, 51 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 19 grams total fat (4 grams saturated), 55 milligrams cholesterol, 597 milligrams sodium.

Cilantro Kale Slaw
  • 1 cup thinly sliced kale
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 5 radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Creamy Lime Dressing (see recipe)
  • In a large bowl, combine kale, Napa cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, cilantro and red onion. Add dressing to taste and toss together. Makes 2 cups.

Nutritional information

Per serving: Per 1/2 cup: 136 calories (percent of calories from fat, 55), 1 gram protein, 15 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 8 grams total fat (1 gram saturated), 1 milligram cholesterol, 104 milligrams sodium.

Creamy Lime Dressing
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch cumin
  • Pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons soybean oil
  • Salt (optional)
  • In the jar of a blender, combine lime juice, mayonnaise, granulated sugar, honey, vinegar, lemon juice, brown sugar, Sriracha, black pepper, cumin and red pepper flakes. Blend 1 minute, then slowly add soybean oil. Taste and add salt, if desired. May be made ahead and refrigerated up to 1 week. Makes 3/4 cup.

Nutritional information

Per serving: Per tablespoon: 44 calories (percent of calories from fat, 60), trace protein, 4 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 3 grams total fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 31 milligrams sodium.

Creamy Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chile sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sweet chile sauce, soy sauce and chopped cilantro. Cover and refrigerate. Makes 3/4 cup.

Nutritional information

Per serving: Per tablespoon: 29 calories (percent of calories from fat, 66), trace protein, 2 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 2 grams total fat (trace saturated fat), 2 milligrams cholesterol, 248 milligrams sodium.

From the menu of ... The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, 3279 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-474-9508, http://thebigketch.

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