Seared Sesame Ginger Albacore Tuna with Miso-Glazed Eggplant

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Albacore Tuna

Our simple marinade for tuna is truly delicious, especially when served with the deep umami flavors of miso-glazed eggplant. It’s one of our favorite ways to prepare eggplant, as the roasting and broiling gives it a creamy, dreamy texture and flavor. For this meal, simply marinate the fish first, then roast the eggplant, and give the tuna a quick sear. That’s it! So easy, and so incredibly tasty!

Serves: 4

Difficulty: easy

Prep time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour

Cook time: 30 minutes


Sesame Ginger Albacore Tuna
¼ c soy sauce or tamari

2 T mirin (Japanese rice wine)

1 T seasoned rice vinegar

1 T minced ginger

1 t sugar

1½ T toasted sesame oil

1½ lb Albacore tuna fillets

Miso-Glazed Eggplant
4-6 Japanese or Chinese eggplants, washed and split lengthwise
1 T vegetable oil

⅓ c white miso paste

1 T ginger, minced

1 T toasted sesame oil

1 t soy sauce or tamari

1 t seasoned rice vinegar

pinch black pepper, ground

1 T sesame seeds

¼ c green onions, chopped


Sesame Ginger Albacore Tuna
Combine all marinade ingredients and add to fish in a zip top bag or airtight container. Chill for up to 1 hour. Heat a large skillet over medium-high, remove fish from marinade and carefully add to hot pan. Sear each side briefly, just until lightly browned, 2 min per side depending on size of fillet. This fish is traditionally served very rare in the center, so adjust cooking time to suit your desired doneness. Slice fish and serve with Miso-Glazed Eggplant.

Miso-Glazed Eggplant
Preheat oven to 425°. Brush eggplant all over with vegetable oil. Place on parchment-lined sheet pan cut-side down and roast 10 min, then flip the eggplant and roast 10 more min. Remove from oven and turn broiler to high. Combine remaining ingredients up to and including pepper, and brush on cut-side of eggplant. Broil eggplant with cut side up to caramelize the miso glaze. Watch closely to avoid scorching. Remove from oven, then plate, garnishing with sesame seeds and onion, and serve immediately.