Asian Salad with Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux challenge, here is this month’s theme: Celebrate a ReDuxer!

For ReDux’s birthday month, let’s celebrate each other! Pick a fellow ReDuxer, go to their blog and either make one of their recipes or create one of your own inspired by theirs. In your post, give your readers a little intro to this blogger, what you like about this blogger/their blog and either link to their recipe you made or share your brand new “inspired” creation.

Photograph of Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna on a white plate with brown rice, carrots, edamame, cabbage, cucumbers and pickled ginger.

This Asian Salad with Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna is my take on The Grateful Grazer’s Deconstructed Sushi Bowl. Her recipe is an oh-so flavorful meatless (vegan to be specific) entrée that truly conveys the essence of sushi in a bowl. Although the execution is quite different, this recipe shares the same foundation that Stephanie created in her Sushi Bowl.

Photograph of Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna on a plate with edamame, cabbage, and carrots.

The most obvious difference between our two sushi bowl recipes is the addition of ahi tuna to my Asian salad. The ahi tuna is encrusted with wasabi peas and sesame seeds, then seared in a hot pan for a crisp, flavorful exterior and rare interior.

Close up photo of wasabi crusted tuna, pickled ginger, avocado and cucumber on a white plate.

Green cabbage acts as the base of this salad, lending a refreshing crunch that pairs well with fresh vegetables, tender edamame, chewy brown rice, and creamy avocado.

Photograph of wasabi crust in a shallow white dish | Zestful Kitchen

The dressing takes a little bit of a different route as well. Ponzu, a citrus enhanced soy sauce, is the base of this dressing. If you don’t have ponzu you can easily use soy sauce, preferably low-sodium, and a splash of lemon or lime juice. I then add sesame oil, rice vinegar, fresh garlic, ginger, and wasabi to create an out-of-this-world Asian dressing. It’s so good.

So the next time you get a hankering for sushi, give this salad a try. It’s sure to satisfy your craving!

Photograph of Asian Salad with Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna | Zestful Kitchen


Asian Salad with Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna

Photograph wasabi crusted tuna set on a white place with brown rice, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers and pickled ginger.

Taking inspiration from sushi, this Asian Salad has all the components of your favorite roll, all tossed together in a sesame ginger vinaigrette. Healthy, flavorful, and satisfying, this ahi tuna salad is a winner!

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings (8 cups salad + ⅓ cup dressing
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Asian



½ cup wasabi peas

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

Salt and black pepper, to taste

4 ahi tuna steaks (5–6 ounces each)

Nonstick cooking spray

1 tablespoon canola oil

Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons ponzu (use Wan Ja Shan brand if gluten free)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon honey

1 scallion, minced

½ teaspoons minced fresh garlic

½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

½ teaspoon wasabi paste

Black pepper to taste


6 cups shredded green cabbage

3 carrots, julienned

2 cups shelled edamame

1 English cucumber, julienned

1 avocado, sliced

1 cup cooked brown rice

Pickled ginger, optional



Place wasabi peas in a mini food processor and process until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer to a shallow bowl, add sesame seeds and whisk to combine; season with salt and pepper. Pat tuna steaks dry, then coat with nonstick cooking spray. Press tuna steaks into wasabi pea mixture, coating all sides.

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add tuna steaks to pan and cook 2 minutes per side, for rare. Transfer to a plate and let rest 5 minutes; slice thinly.

Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette:

Whisk together ponzu, olive oil, vinegar, sesame oil, honey, scallion, garlic, ginger, and wasabi; season with black pepper.


Arrange cabbage, carrots, edamame, cucumber, avocado, brown rice, pickled ginger, and tuna on serving plates, drizzled with vinaigrette.


  • Calories: 568
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 46g
  • Cholesterol: 62mg

 Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna set on a plate with edamame, carrots, rice and cabbage | Zestful Kitchen

1 comment

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