A spicy tuna avocado tower is a gorgeous, fun, and super easy appetizer using crispy fried wonton wrappers, sushi grade tuna, ripe avocados, and delicious spicy mayo. Perfect for any dinner occasion!
As seen in Essence Magazine November 2018 Issue!
I am bringing you ‘end of summer’ send off with this recipe. Because brace yourselves…the fall recipes are coming.
But this is for you lucky ducks who are getting those slightly cooler summer evenings. The ones that are just nice to sit outside and enjoy some al fresco dinner for an at-home date night. This is such a great appetizer that’s so simple to throw together, it’s sophisticated enough to wow your date but it’s also casual enough for game night.
At least, it is to me. I can’t be the only one.
This is a restaurant copycat, though the restaurant is only local to Fort Lauderdale. There’s a beach-front asian-fusion place called Tsukuro on Fort Lauderdale beach and they serve ‘spicy tuna towers’ as an appetizer.
A $20 appetizer.
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It’s really delicious, hence me recreating it, but I literally bought all the ingredients for $8 for two huge spicy tuna avocado towers that my hubby and I just devoured for dinner.
The amount I put in the recipe can make four very nice sized towers or two generous -and i do mean generous– towers if you are just a glutton for spicy tuna like we are.
It looks impressive, but it’s super easy to pull together. First, you fry up the wontons in a pan, then dice and chop up the tuna and avocados, whip up the spicy mayo, and put the towers together.
See? So easy. You can even cut up one wonton wrapper into strips, fry them, and put them on top for pretty presentation like I did.
Boom. A great dish that embodies summer: fresh, easy, and fun.
Now…AUTUMN IS COMING! *busts out the pumpkin spice*
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- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 8-16 wonton wrappers
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 lb sushi-grade ahi tuna, diced into small 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 ripe avocadoes, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/8 cup mayonnaise, preferably Kewpie brand
- 1-2 tbsp sriracha, depending on your love of spiciness
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- Sesame seeds, tobiko, finely sliced green onions, for garnish
- Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once up to 325 degrees F, fry wontons, one or two at a time, for 10 seconds, then use tongs to flip the wontons over and fry for another 10 seconds, until the wontons are browned.
- Place on a paper towel-lined plate, then sprinkle wontons with a pinch of salt. Repeat these steps until all wontons are fried.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the ingredients for spicy mayo and set aside.
- In a large bowl, gently mix together the tuna and avocado. Then dollop two spoonfuls of the spicy mayo and gently mix in, adding more if desired to coat the fish and avocado to taste.
- On a plate, lay a foundation of the wonton wrapper, then top it with the spicy tuna mixture, making an even layer so the next wonton will sit as flat as possible. Top the spicy tuna later with another wonton, and repeat until you have about 3-4 wontons used. Top the last wonton with the spicy tuna mix. Garnish with tobiko, sesame seeds, and green onions, if desired.
- Serve immediately, as the wontons will get soggy.
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.