Saturday, May 2, 2009
5 Recipe #50: Seared Tuna Drizzled with Wasabi Ginger Soy Sauce
As they say, "When it rains, it pours." And it's pouring posts today. Here's another fun recipe for those days when you'd rather enjoy something a bit more interesting than "tuna salad" sandwiches. ;-)
Seared Tuna Drizzled with Wasabi Ginger Soy Sauce
2 lbs. very fresh tuna steak, cut 1-inch thick
2 Tbsp. olive oil, plus a bit extra for brushing
2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
grated zest of 2 limes
6 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
1/2 tsp. wasabi paste
2 tsp. soy sauce
2 ripe medium-sized Haas avocados, peeled, pitted & diced
1/4 c. scallions (about 2 scallions)
1/4 c. small red onion, diced
2 inches ginger, peeled & grated
1 c. fresh cilantro leaves
1. Brush tuna steaks with olive oil, & then season lightly with salt & pepper (to taste).
2. Be sure to use a pan that can handle high heat (i.e., wok or stir-fry pan). Set range to high heat & make sure pan is very hot before placing tuna steaks in pan. Place steaks in pan & cook for only 1 minute on each side. Set them aside on a plate to cool.
3. Combine olive oil, salt, pepper, lime zest, wasabi, lime juice, ginger, & soy sauce in a bowl. Then added diced avocado.
4. Cut tuna into small chunks & place into a medium-sized bowl. Add the scallions & red onion & mix well. Pour the soy sauce mixture over tuna & mix carefully.
5. Garnish with chopped cilantro & serve. Enjoy!
Optional ingredients: Toasted sesame seeds.
Alternate serving suggestions: Use an outdoor grill to sear the tuna, then drizzle with marinade, garnish with chopped cilantro, & serve. Yum!
Alternate fish suggestions: This recipe will also work well with salmon, if you'd like to use this fish as a substitute selection. IMPORTANT: The major difference is that you will need to sear salmon a tad bit longer i.e., 2-4 minutes, especially for thicker "steak" cuts. Searing for 2-3 minutes will produce a medium rare cut, i.e., golden exterior with a warm pink center (i.e., without any fleshiness). Searing for 3-4 minutes will produce a medium well cut, i.e., browned exterior with opaque interior slightly pulling away from bone.
ADDENDUM: If you are concerned about which species of tuna are ecologically safe to eat, please consult the Environmental Defense Fund's Seafood Selector.