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Sesame Crusted Ahi With Cold Soba By Guest Chef Bryant Durst

Today we’re joined by my friend & chef, Bryant to offer us a tasty twist on everyone’s seared favorite, ahi! Offering seasonal variety like bell peppers and sugar snap peas, this fresh, crisp dish makes the perfect almost-summer stamina appetizer or lunch to share with friends! Enjoy!

This recipe will serve 2-3

What You’ll Need:

  • 10-10oz Tuna
  • 1package Buckwheat Soba noodles- or your favorite Asian style noodle
  • ½ Orange or Red Bell Pepper- thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Sugar Snap peas- Cut into 1” pieces
  • 1/3 cup Napa or Red Cabbage- julienne
  • ¼ cup Daikon Radish- julienne
  • ¼ cup green onions- thinly sliced
  • ½ bunch Chopped Cilantro- or more to taste
  • 1.5oz (3TBSP) Yuzu Ponzu sauce- can also use yuzu paste if desired.
  • 1.5 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3-4oz Extra Light Olive Oil
  • 1TBSP+ 2tsp Sesame Oil – Divided
  • Sesame seeds- as needed
  • Chili flakes- optional in dressing

Putting It Altogether:

1) Bring 4 cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium sized pot.
2) In a 2 qt sauce pot bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil. Water should taste almost like the ocean. Probably about 3TBSP salt should do it.
3) While water is heating up wash and julienne bell peppers and Napa cabbage and set aside
4) At the same time cut snap peas into 1” pieces.
5) Once water in large pot has reached a boil place Soba noodle into water. Cook noodles until tender. About 4-5 minutes. Once noodles are cooked quickly drain and shock noodles with cold water to stop cooking. Once noodles have drained place into bowl and mix in 2tsp of sesame oil. This will prevent the noodles from sticking. Place inside of fridge to cool down
6) While noodles are cooking place pieces of snap peas into smaller pot and blanch until al dente. Once done remove from hot water and shock with cold water or ice bath to stop cooking. Set aside.
7) Heat sauté pan on medium-high heat until almost smoking. While pan is heating up season tuna with salt and pepper and sesame seeds
8) In small bowl mix Rice wine Vinegar and Yuzu Ponzu. Any good Asian market will have Yuzu in several forms.
9) Slowly drizzle in extra light olive oil and Sesame Oil until emulsified.
10) Once pan is hot place tuna onto pan and sear all sides until tuna reaches desired doneness. Once done take off pan and set aside.
11) Remove noodles from fridge and place into medium sized bowl with vegetables and mix in dressing until just coated.


Slice tuna and place on top of salad and serve immediately.

Want to be sure you select an ethical ahi source, check out my guide here.

B R Y A N T   D U R S T is originally from Colorado. He has lived in California for almost eight years, spending four of those  in San Diego and the last four in Los Angeles. He is an avid sports nut who likes to do almost anything outdoors including football, golf, basketball and scuba diving. When relaxing he has his nose buried in a book- Bryant has been known to read multiple books in a week. He has also recently gotten into the food writing scene with his new blog, The Cooks View.

Bryant started his career in San Diego at a cafeteria and then moved into fine dining beginning at Soleil @K in the Gaslamp Marriott. From there he moved to LA with his now wife, Jovelyn. Upon arriving in LA Bryant started work on the hit TV show Hell’s Kitchen. He has also worked at some of the top restaurants in LA, including Spago Beverly Hills, The Tavern in Brentwood and STK. Of Bryant’s many talents he has also been involved in catering and private chefing. Ready to savor one of Bryant’s creations? He is currently a Sous Chef at the Capital Grille. Stop in and tell him Garden Eats sent you!


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