Four Seasons Maui’s Chef Roger Stettler’s Tuna Sea Pearls Recipe @FSMaui

Chef Roger Stettler

Chef Roger Stettler. Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Maui.



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Tuna Sea Pearls


4 portions


10 oz sushi grade tuna

1 shallot

1 small piece fresh ginger

1 bunch chives

2 tblsp soy sauce

1 tblsp sesame oil

½ oz American caviar

Hawaiian sea salt to taste


Slice four equal pieces of tuna, trim the sides down till you have about 1 1/2 oz round looking pieces.

Pound out each piece very gently, in between two sheets of plastic until they are nearly transparent. Keep refrigerated.

Take the tuna’s trimmings and dice into small cubes. Place into a mixing bowl.

Peel the shallot and ginger and dice very fine. Carefully wash the chives and slice into a small dice.

Add chives, ginger and shallots into the bowl with the tuna. Add soy sauce and the sesame oil and mix everything together.

Take one tuna sheet at the time and place on a piece of plastic wrap. Put about one ounce of poke in the center of the sheet, wrap the tuna around it like a purse. Bring the ends of the plastic wrap together and twist them so you’re able to form a pearl. Let the pearls rest in the refrigerator for about one hour before serving.

Remove from the plastic wrap and garnish with American caviar.