Seared Ahi Tuna with Jicama, Fennel and Mango Slaw

Be sure to only buy the freshest tuna you can from a reputable fishmonger. If available, ahi tuna is the best quality. Served with this slaw, it makes for a very sophisticated dish. Jicama is a white-fleshed root vegetable, also known as a Mexican potato. It is crunchy and sweet, and can be eaten either raw or cooked. It’s usually available from May to November; if unavailable, use canned sliced water chestnuts.

1. Make the slaw by combining the mango, fennel, jicama, red and green peppers, carrot, green onions and cilantro in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, rice vinegar, 1 tsp sesame seeds, garlic and chili sauce. Pour over the slaw and toss to combine. Place on a serving platter.

2. Lightly coat a nonstick grill pan with cooking spray and set over high heat. Sprinkle the tuna with salt and pepper and sear for about 2 minutes per side; the center should still be raw. Remove from the heat. Slice thinly and top with the slaw.

3. Prepare glaze if desired. Combine the soy sauce, maple syrup and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, whisking, until the cornstarch is dis¬solved and the mixture is slightly thickened. Pour over the tuna. Garnish with 1 tsp sesame seeds before serving.

1 lb raw ahi tuna fillets
pinch of salt and pepper
1 tsp sesame seeds

1/2 cup thinly sliced mango
1 cup thinly sliced fennel
1 cup thinly sliced jicama
1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 tsp hot chili sauce (or finely chopped jalapeño pepper)

2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cornstarch

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Calories 246
Protein 27 g
Fat 5.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Carbohydrates 21 g
Cholesterol 53 mg
Sodium 129 mg
Fiber 4.1 g

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes

Make Ahead: Prepare the salsa early in the day, keeping refrigerated.

Serves 6

Nutrition Watch: A cup of jicama has almost 6 g of fiber and only 50 calories. It is also high in vitamin C, potassium and folate.