Spicy Tuna Toast Recipe

Posted June 26, 2014 by Stephanie
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This is part 4 of Tabasco’s 10 ingredient challenge – 5 different recipes made from any of these 10 ingredients: Tabasco, tuna, brioche, eggs, mint/basil/cilantro, dark chocolate, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, cider vinegar and maple syrup.

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I think I could live on tiny food. What is it about bite sized food that is just so. much. better. than regular size? Is it the inherent cuteness? The miniature-ness of it? Or is it the fact that it’s just so easy to pop into your mouth as a perfectly constructed bite? I’m all about the perfectly constructed bite. Once, in high school I made myself a plate of nachos that took over 30 minutes to assemble. I know you’re wondering how it could possibly take 30 minutes to spread out some chips and top them with cheese. Well, I went all OCD and made sure that each one had the perfect amount of taco meat, jalapeños, green onions and cheese. When they came out of the oven I carefully topped each one with sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

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It was GLORIOUS. And yeah, I’m a bit weird. I haven’t really changed much – I still love perfect bites that I can shove into my mouth in one go. These little guys fit the bill perfectly and they don’t take nearly as long as my OCD nachos.

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These tiny spicy tuna brioche bites are kinda, sorta, totally addictive. You pop one in your mouth and the next thing you know, the entire plate is gone. The spicy tomato topping really compliments the tuna. And if you’re gluten free you can just go ahead and skip the whole brioche crisp. They’re there to add a bit of crunch and make it so that I can continue my obsession with handheld eats, but they aren’t absolutely necessary.

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Spicy Tuna Toast Recipe
makes 12

  • 6 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco
  • 1 small ahi tuna steak, at least 1 inch thick
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • oil
  • 12 round brioche toasts

Toss the diced tomatoes, cilantro, olive oil and Tabasco together in a small bowl. Taste, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Cut the tuna steak into 1-inch strips. Season the tuna generously on all sides with salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat up a cast iron pan over high heat. Add a bit of oil to the pan and sear tuna 1 minute per side, flipping so that all sides are seared. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing into 1/4 inch slices.

Build your brioche bites: top each brioche toast with slices of seared tuna, a bit of the tomato mix and a small cilantro leaf. Enjoy immediately.

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This post was sponsored by Tabasco!


  1. Leah Davis says:

    Spicy tuna is my favorite and I love things that come in little bites. That picture of the tuna being seared is awesome!!!

  2. I like this a lot…I could 100% polish off that entire block of ahi by myself. Like that you used brioche too so you have a teensy hint of buttery sweetness to go with the more zippy tomato/tabasco/cilantro.

  3. How do you do the things that you doooooooooo!? Pre-ordering that pretty book today! This recipe looks amazing.

  4. Lauren says:

    What a great sear you got on the tuna! I would love to make these for a big group but Ahi is so expensive, could you recommend another tuna for this? Thanks!

  5. Love the look of this tuna – look like a perfect appetiser!

  6. tara says:

    First of all, your 10-ingredient challenge is kind of like the show Chopped and I’m obsessed.

    Second of all, your OCD nachos are genius. As are bite-sized foods. My husband and I call it a “chef’s bite” when we perfectly get everything onto the fork that was on the plate when we’re eating out. I can’t wait to make this!

  7. Trish says:

    Tiny food is where it’s at – this looks fantastic!

  8. What an amazing contrast with your last cookie post! The cookies looked tiny to me, and this probably looks larger than it actually is! But yeah – isn’t ahi tuna the best. This sounds gorgeous. Off to my ‘I’ll-make-it-when-I-can-find-the-ingredients’ to do list! <3

  9. Erika says:

    Give me all the spicy tuna.. and on brioche! This is brilliant..

  10. I’m pretty much like you. I love anything miniature and that goes for food as well. That said, these tuna bites look freaking delicious. So simple yet elegant.

  11. Bell says:

    yes I think it’s the cuteness of tiny food :P I love it too :)

  12. PassTheKnife says:

    I’m a huge fan of little bites too, although I think it would be hard to just eat one of these!

  13. Jake says:

    Oh my, this looks so fantastic! I pretty much have a second stomach for ahi. :)

  14. Dan Kim says:

    What a Gorgeous! I’m live in South Korea. I frequently visit your blog.
    Usually I just see, but this time I can’t help just seeing.
    This cook is perfectly my style. Tuna, brioche, and tomatoes!

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