Seared Ahi Tuna

Hubby was plenty happy with our Monday night dinner.  I made Panko Crusted Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Mayo…my first shot at searing tuna. ;)

I kinda over-seared the tuna. :P  The thing is, after searing the first of three tuna steaks, I sliced just one piece just to check.  Hubby saw it and thought I should sear the tuna a few seconds more.  Nevertheless, nobody complained, least of all Hubby, who, together with my little girl, kept thanking me for dinner.  Don’t worry, daughter got the well-done parts.  The tuna steaks were odd-shaped, one end being pointy.  So those ends were cooked through. ;)

We’ll definitely be having seared tuna again…and again…and again. ;) Here’s the recipe.  Sorry, no measurements as I eyeballed my way through this one. :)

INGREDIENTS:

Ahi Tuna Steaks
salt
pepper
panko bread crumbs
olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. Brush the tuna steaks with olive oil. Set aside.
2. In a shallow dish/plate, mix some salt, pepper and panko bread crumbs. Coat the tuna steaks with the salt, pepper and panko mixture.
3. Sear the tuna steak in hot oil for 30 seconds (on the narrow sides) upto a minute (on the wide sides). Serve with wasabi mayo.

Making wasabi mayo isn’t rocket science.  It’s just that, wasabi and mayo.  I, however, prefer the powdered wasabi over the tubed ones.  I feel the powdered wasabi mixed with water just have a lot more kick to it.

We had brown rice and spring salad to go with the seared tuna.  I love the color and subtle crunch the panko bread crumbs gave the tuna steaks.  Instead of panko bread crumbs, you may also use sesame seeds for the added crunch.  You can also use your favorite marinade instead of just salt and pepper.  There’s just so many options!  Next time, I’d like a seared tuna with a more distinct flavor.  I’m thinking a marinade of soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and maybe some lemon will do the trick. Mmmm!

If you have an aversion to raw fish, searing (more so over searing!) might be a good way to slowly introduce acquaint yourself to the wonderful world of sashimi. ;) I understand if you still insist on getting a life insurance quote first before taking that first mouthful of tuna sashimi. ;) Hee hee.


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