Wednesday, April 27, 2011

the secret to seared tuna

last night on my way home from work, i stopped at this great little fish market.  they always have beautiful fillets of the freshest fish and seafood.  we've fallen in love with their chilean sea bass, tilapia and decadent lump crab.  (see crab cake recipe here)  but, last night, their massive tuna steaks caught my eye...

despite being very comfortable in the kitchen, fish used to scare me.  it seemed difficult to cook, and i would psych myself out of buying it.  but, i've realized, since frequenting the little fish market, that the freshness and quality makes a huge difference.  their fish is sooo much better than what you'll find at the grocery store counter.

the players:

2 sushi grade tuna steaks
soy & teriyaki
grainy mustard
brown sugar
orange marmalade
vidalia onion
olive oil
(romaine & avocado)

anyway, when i got home, i marinated the tuna steaks in a bit of soy & teriyaki mixed with grainy mustard, brown sugar, garlic and orange marmalade.  not too much, but enough to flavor it.

then i sauteed some vidalia onions in a teaspoon of olive oil...and then flavored them with some soy and teriyaki as well. 

once the onions were done, i pushed them to the sides of the pan to make room for the tuna steaks.  i drizzled in a bit more olive oil and then added the tuna.  i seared the steaks for about 1 minute on each side.  they didn't need much time, because they were "sushi grade" tuna, meaning better eaten super rare.  so, DO NOT overcook high-quality tuna steaks.  it destroys their texture and flavor.  (tuna actually tastes fishier the more you cook it.  strange, but true.)

once done, i served them with shredded romaine and mashed avocado seasoned with minced garlic.  (and with skinny girl margaritas...) omg.  yum.

see, cooking fish isn't that bad after all...  plus, it's delicious & super healthy!  bonus!


  1. I love eating fresh fish and this dish looks so delicious, sweetie. Have a lovely day, kisses

    Ps: I’m hosting an awesome swimming suit GIVEAWAY today! Just in time for summer!

  2. Yum! Fish seems like the perfect spring meal. :)

  3. Thinking alike...having seared tuna for my Salad Nicoise tonight.

  4. that din looks TO DIE FOR! now I'm craving a big ol' tuna steak! :)
    xo! Lauren @ tickled.

  5. tuna is one of our all time faves! i wish we had a fresh fish market nearby. thanks for the great tips!

  6. Ummm, this looks absolutely delicious!

  7. Mmm, that looks absolutely amazing! I'm so used to just tuna in a can and I think it'd be even better this way. And I've never heard of Skinny Girl margaritas but I think I'd like one haha :)

  8. So perfect for summer! I remember the first time I made seared tuna, my husband was like, ummm, you forgot to cook it all the way, ahah! He gets it now!

  9. Want to cook me dinner sometime?

    You seem to have amazing skills in the kitchen.

  10. this looks delicious. i always get nervous with tuna, even when it's sushi grade. i fear that i've left it out too long or not warmed it enough (even though i love sushi and will take it to go and eat it hours later...doesn't make sense). And i've got to get my hands on some of that skinny girl.

  11. This sounds absolutely delicious! I'm bookmarking this recipe.

  12. you added my most favorite drink to it all!!
    Skinny Girl Rocks!


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