Yes, Chef Fish Tostadas

By Marcus Samuelsson |

This easy to assemble and beautifully garnished fish tostada recipe comes inspired from Marcus’ memoir, in which his childhood years spent living next to the ocean resulted in memories filled with fresh seafood. A convenient tapas favorite like a tostada is festive party plate, especially with a kick of Mexican flavor. The tuna tostada here gets a modern twist from some pickled shallots and creamy texture with avocado garnish, all in convenient bite-sized portions.

Prep Details

Servings: 32

Calories per serving: 125 per serving

Prep time: 1 hr

Cooking time: 40 mins

Total time: 1 hr 40 mins


2 limes

2 lemons

10 shallots

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

16 ounces tuna

Kosher salt

Napa cabbage


Cayenne pepper

2 avocados

1/ /package small corn tortillas

Vegetable oil for deep frying



Picked shallots:
1. Peel and thinly slice shallots.
2. Bring white wine vinegar, sugar, and water to a boil then pour over shallots.
3. Let sit until cooled to room temperature, then refrigerate till needed.

1. Juice lemons, and limes, strain then refrigerate.
2. Slice tuna so that it will fit onto the tostada, then refrigerate till needed.

1. Use a 1 1/2 inch ring mold cutter, cut small rounds out of tortillas.
2. Deep fry till golden brown, season with kosher salt.

Garnish and Avocado:
1. Thinly slice cabbage that will fit inside the tostadas.
2. Blend the avocados with citrus juice and salt to taste.

1. Marinate the fish in the citrus, season with salt, let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Layer the tostadas, avocado, fish, cayenne pepper, cabbage, pickled shallot and
cilantro. Garnish with caviar.