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Seared Tuna with Pineapple Salsa and Balsamic Reduction

seared tuna with pineapple

Searing the tuna makes the tuna look and taste amazing. The pineapple salsa adds just the right burst of flavor and color to compliment the tuna.
When plated, this dish looks like artwork. Balsamic reduction is balsamic vinegar simmered down to concentrated syrup and adds another dimension and flavor
component to many dishes.

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  • 4 main or 8 appetizers ServingsServings


  • 4 Sushi grade tuna steaks
  • 1 ½ cups of balsamic vinegar + 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups finely diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


Place balsamic vinegar and sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer until liquid reduces to about 1/3-1/2 cup and is syrupy.

Place skillet over medium heat.  Salt and pepper the tuna. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil in skillet and place tuna in the hot pan.

You will hear a sizzling sound which will let you know that the pan is hot enough.  Sear tuna for 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside to rest.

Combine finely diced pineapple, red pepper, red onion and jalapeno. Squeeze lemon on top and salt and pepper to taste. Mix.

Slice tuna against the grain and plate on top of drizzled balsamic reduction and pineapple salsa.

As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine (Bitayavon Winter 2011) -Subscribe Now