Chef Jody Denton, Lulu and Azie, San Francisco, CA
Tuna Sashimi Roll with Truffle Ponzu

"This one certainly works for my wife and me! There's something about the truffles and the tuna and the soy together that just does it for both of us. I should call it the cupid roll." -Chef Jody Denton

Yield: 4 servings
  • 2 Japanese cucumbers (thin skinned and seedless)
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado
  • 8 shiso leaves (Shiso or perilla is relative of mint and basil. Use mint if you can't find it.)
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • 1 tray radish sprouts
  • 1/2 pound sashimi-quality tuna, cut into 5-inch x 1-inch strips
 Using a sharp Japanese knife or vegetable sheeting machine, cut the ends off of the cucumber leaving about 5 inches in overall length. Peel. Then, cut around the total length of the cucumber to create a long, very thin sheet of cucumber.

Cut a length of cucumber sheet about 8 inches long. Lay the sheet out on a sushi-rolling mat. Place 2 shiso leaves and 2 basil leaves across the width of the cucumber sheet, about 2 inches from the bottom end of the sheet.

Place two wedges of avocado on top of the leaves, across the width of the cucumber. Lay two small bunches of radish sprouts next to the avocado with the tops extending beyond the edge of the cucumber on both sides. Lay one of the strips of tuna down on top of the radish sprouts. Roll the bottom edge of the cucumber up and over the tuna and avocado. Pull back toward the bottom to tighten the roll. Carefully roll forward while gently pulling back to keep the roll tight, all the way to the end of the cucumber.

Using a sharp Japanese knife, slice the roll in half cross-wise and then slice each half into 3 equal pieces. Arrange on a plate and top with Truffle Ponzu Sauce.

Truffle Ponzu Sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons truffle oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded, dried bonito flakes
  • 1 inch-square piece of dried kelp
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped black winter truffles

Whisk all ingredients together and serve immediately.