Friday, February 26, 2016

Week 1, Day 5 - Seared Ahi Tuna on a bed of baby romaine

Today we made Seared Ahi Tuna served on a bed of baby romaine lettuce.
It is a quick and easy dinner option. Our local Sprouts had the previously frozen Ahi Tuna on sale this week and it takes about 15 minutes total to make. It is definitely one our favorite dishes.  One thing that we make differently every time we make it is the sauce. We have yet to find the perfect sauce.

Seared Ahi Tuna

1 lb Ahi Tuna 
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil

1. Heat up a pan with the 4 tablespoons of olive oil on medium high heat.
2. Cut steaks into 2 inch wide strips
3. Combine sesame seeds, salt and pepper in a shallow dish
4. Dredge steaks in the sesame seeds, salt and pepper
5. Fry steaks 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on each side after that. 

5 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon ginger - we used slightly dried 
1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon sesame oil - optional

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together. 

What we liked:
The tuna was cooked perfectly this time. It was the best yet. Quick and easy and always delicious! 

What we didn't like: 
Still searching for the perfect sauce. We made 2 versions, one with the sesame oil and one without. We liked the one without better, but still not perfect. Perhaps less lemon juice might have been better. Additionally, we were out of wasabi and that made Nick sad. 

What Kaspian thought about it:
He just kept asking what it was and "what's inside it?". He did not seem to believe that there was tuna inside the wonderful sesame crust. He happily went to eating his dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets instead. 

Next time: 
Better sauce. Will attempt something with a wasabi/ginger/soy combination. 

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