Monday, February 16, 2009

Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger and Lime

This recipe is another that is not new to us. We saw it cooked on Food 911 on the Food Network years ago (back when that show came on) and have been enjoying it ever since. My husband James cooked it for our Valentine's Day meal. Enjoy.

Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
Show: Food 911
Episode: Party of One

2 big handfuls fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, sliced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, grated
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Pinch sugar
Tony's cajun seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 (6-ounce) block sushi-quality tuna
1 ripe avocado, halved, peeled, pitted, and sliced

In a mixing bowl, combine the cilantro, jalapeno,ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir the
ingredients together until well incorporated. Place a skillet over medium-high heat and coat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the tuna generously with Tony's, garlic and onion powders. Lay the tuna in the hot oil and sear for 1 minute on each side to form a slight crust. Serve the seared tuna with the sliced avocado and the cilantro sauce drizzled over the whole plate.

The Ingredients

The raw tuna steak all seasoned up!


The sauce simmering

mmmmm avocados!!

The finished product


Notes and The Verdict: MAKE SURE you use sashimi grade yellowfin tuna. Tuna is supposed to be cooked medium rare for best flavor and you don't want fishy tasting stuff that might make you sick. Don't skimp! We paired ours with asparagus and some chicken fried rice that my parents happened to have in their fridge. It was FANTASTIC! A nice red wine went great with it.

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