Tuna Tartare in Crispy Wonton Cups

March 18, 2016 By Cathy — 12 Comments
Freshly prepared tuna tartare in crispy wonton cups is a bright and elegant crowd pleasing appetizer.

Tuna Tartare in Crispy Wonton Cups

Everyone needs an appetizer recipe in their arsenal that is a universal crowd pleaser. The one that disappears almost as soon as you put it down. And when I tell you that mine is fresh, healthy and simple to prepare?  Well, just hold your proposals because I’m already married.  And no, I’m not reinventing the wheel. This is my take on tuna tartare.

Tuna Tartare in Crispy Wonton Cups

Tuna Tartare in Crispy Wonton Cups

When preparing tuna tartare, the key is finding the best and freshest ingredients possible. This of course means starting with the freshest fish you can find. Certain rules apply when you’re purchasing fish, especially if you’re planning to eat it raw. First, you should visually inspect it. The fish should be on fresh ice in a single layer and should be bright in color and firm, not dull or slimy. You also don’t want to purchase a tuna steak that has too many white lines running through it as it will make for stringy and chewy bites. Also avoid a piece that has a significant bloodline running through it as you will be discarding that when you prepare the fish. Fresh fish should always smell “of the sea” but not fishy. If you detect an unpleasant, “fishy” odor, it has probably been sitting around too long and won’t have the bright, fresh flavor you want in a tartare.

When you’re dicing the tuna for your tartare, work quickly and keep the fish as cold as possible. I like to cut the fish first, pop it into a bowl nestled over another bowl filled with ice while I prepare the other ingredients. You’ll want to use a nice, crisp cucumber, bright green cilantro and chives and a firm, unwrinkled piece of gingerroot to grate. Once all of your dicing and mincing is complete, gently fold all the ingredients together and serve it right away.

Tuna Tartare in Crispy Wonton Cups

You could serve crispy wonton chips alongside the bowl of tartare and allow guests to help themselves, but I love to spoon the tuna tartare into mini wonton cups. This not only makes for a pretty presentation, but it makes it easy for your guests to grab it and go. Making these cute little wonton cups is ridiculously easy and quick and I’ve included a video below to show you just how simple they are to prepare.

Be sure to keep this recipe handy next time you’re planning a party. These tasty little bites will get snapped up in no time and make you look like a rock star in the kitchen!

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Freshly prepared tuna tartare in crispy wonton cups is a bright and elegant crowd pleasing appetizer.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24 cups
  • Crispy Wonton Cups
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • *mini muffin pan

  • Tuna Tartare
  • 1½ lbs sushi grade tuna steaks, bloodline removed and cut into a ¼ inch dice
  • 1 heaping Tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 3 tsp jalapeno, minced
  • 1 cup seedless cucumber, cut into a ¼ inch dice
  • ¼ cup chives, minced
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt and a few turns of freshly grated black pepper
  • *toasted sesame seeds and minced chives for garnish, optional
  1. Crispy Wonton Cups: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk the oils together and lightly brush oil on one side of each wonton wrapper with a pastry brush, covering completely. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  3. Place each wonton wrapper, oiled side up, into a mini muffin cup. Gently push the wrapper in to form a cup, the edges will hang over the sides.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the pan and cool to room temperature.
  6. Tuna Tartare: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir gently to combine.
  7. Spoon tartare into wonton cups and sprinkle with sesame seeds and minced chives to serve.


Tuna Tartare in Crispy Wonton Cups

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12 responses to “Tuna Tartare in Crispy Wonton Cups”

  1. You can’t beat tuna tartare!! This is a gorgeous recipe!! xoxo

  2. Definitely need to keep this one in my arsenal for summer Cathy! Tom goes out tuna fishing all summer long! We have so much tuna and all our friends love it! These sound delicious and look so pretty!

  3. Oh I LOVE tuna tartar and your take looks delicious, Cathy! Loving the crispy wonton cups! Forget about appetizers, I could make a meal out of these beauties! So fresh and delicious! Cheers, friend!

  4. Donna Cusimano says:

    This sounds like a very good version! I am going to try it this weekend and forego my usual recipe.
    I do like diced avocado in my tartare. Have you ever added it? Thanks

    • Cathy says:

      I like avocado as well. If I know the tartare is going to be eaten immediately I’ll throw some in. If its going to sit for a bit I’ll leave it out so it doesn’t oxidize. But a big yes to the flavor!

  5. Chloe says:

    Hi, looks fab. Wondering if I can swap the tuna for a VEGAN option instead…such as watermelon. There’s an overnight process for the watermelon to make it more texturized…but what are your thoughts to season it like the above?

    • Cathy says:

      I haven’t tried it, but I would think watermelon would make an excellent substitution. Either the overnight process you mentioned or simply grilling the watermelon to develop it’s texture and flavor could work. In either case it should stand up nicely to the seasonings if you serve it soon after mixing. Let me know if you give it a try!

  6. Steph says:

    How far in advance could I make the wonton cups

    • Cathy says:

      They are best the day of, but can be kept in an airtight container for up to three days.

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