At Cabra in Chicago, 2011 BNC alum Stephanie Izard channels her love of Peruvian cusine to deliver inspired takes on traditional ceviche and tiradito. At the restaurant, Izard dresses raw sushi-grade tuna steak with a creamy Kewpie mayonnaise-laced sauce, thinned with lime and orange juices, and studded with spicy serrano chiles. For a twist, try giving the tuna a quick sear in a screaming hot skillet to add another layer of complexity to the dish

July 2020


Credit: Photo by Tara Donne / Food Styling by Chris Lanier / Prop Styling by Raina Kattelson

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15 mins
45 mins


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  • Combine cilantro, lime juice, mayonnaise, serrano, poblano, orange juice, kosher salt, and 1/3 cup oil in a food processor. Process until mostly smooth with flecks of cilantro still visible, about 20 seconds. Transfer to a medium bowl; cover and chill until cold, at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium skillet over high. When oil is shimmering, add tuna to skillet. Cook until browned but rare in the center, about 1 minute per side. Immediately remove from skillet, and transfer to a cutting board. Cut tuna into 24 (1/8-inch-thick) slices.

  • Spoon 2 tablespoons of cilantro-chile sauce onto each of 4 serving plates. Reserve remaining sauce for another use. Top each serving with 6 tuna slices, 1 1/2 teaspoons jicama, 1 1/2 teaspoons passion fruit pulp, and 1 1/2 teaspoons mango. Drizzle each plate with 1/2 teaspoon oil, and sprinkle with flaky sea salt to taste. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead

The cilantro-chile sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance, covered, and stored in refrigerator.

Suggested Pairing

Tart, lemony Assyrtiko.