Courtesy CATCH
People Staff
May 24, 2013 06:30 PM

Not in the mood for barbecue this Memorial Day? Top Chef Season Three winner Hung Huynh suggests you try his tuna tacos instead.

“They’re a perfect party food to serve for Memorial Day Weekend since they are delicious and different from the usual burger and barbecue options,” the executive chef for restaurants Catch (in New York and Miami) and The General tells PEOPLE. “Tuna tacos are also nice for summertime as it’s light and refreshing, and when mixed with a little taco crunch, it is ideal on a hot day.”

Sound good? Here’s the recipe:

Hung Huynh’s Tuna Tacos

Makes 4 per person

1.5 lb. tuna filet
2 tbsp. oil
Taco shells
2 whole avocados
For the tomatillo sauce
1 lb. tomatillos – cut in to chunks
1 cup shallots sliced thin
¼ cup garlic chopped
1 piece jalapeno
4 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 tsp. cumin seed
1 tsp. fennel seeds
½ cup olive oil
4 tbsp. cilantro
2 tsp. lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Grill or sear tuna in oil and season with salt. Chill until ready to use or keep warm.
2. Combine all tomatillo sauce ingredients except the cilantro, lime juice, vinegar – sauté everything together until all is tender.
3. Place all ingredients together in a blender and blend till smooth.
4. Add this sauce to the tuna and flake the fish to small pieces. Add the sauce as needed.
5. To serve, add mixture to taco shells and sliced avocado on top of tacos.

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