Hawaiian Pupus (pronounced [poo-poo]) are any hot or cold usually bite-size appetizer or snacks in Hawaii. The best fish for these – Ahi tuna. It is delicious and the deep red color changes so quickly with the heat. The flaky texture of the fish mixed with the spices and dipping sauce is a great treat. I made this recipe after having them at my sister-in-law’s who lives on Maui.
Photo credit: Matt Eitelberg’s – notquitegourmet.blogspot.com
Seared Ahi Tuna Pupus
- 8 oz (4) Ahi tuna slices 1/4" thick
- Spice rub:
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp oregano
- 1/8 tsp fennel seeds
- pinch of ground clove
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- Dipping sauce:
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Place a frying pan or cast iron skillet over high heat until it starts to smoke. Keep kitchen area well ventilated.
- Coat Ahi pieces in melted butter and then coat with spice mixture on both sides.
- Sear on high heat each side no more then 30 seconds, 1 minute to cook through well.
- Garnish with chopped green onions and slice. Dip in sauce and eat.
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