When I visit Charleston, SC I usually leave early in the morning so I can meet the fishing boats as they come in for the morning. I walk down to the docks to see what “The Catch of the Day” is and purchase some of the freshest seafood you can find directly from the fishermen. On this particular morning, I spotted some of the best looking Ahi Tuna I have ever seen! It was a must do for me because Ahi Tuna is one of our favorites. This is a very simple and quick dish to prepare and yields show stopping results. The Ahi Tuna merely needs to be seared on all sides and served rare. The addition of black and white sesame seeds makes it look so pretty you’ll be tempted not to eat it. But, don’t let that happen, you’ll be missing out on one of the tastiest ways to enjoy these morsels of the sea. Pair with healthy mixed greens and Asian dressing for a light main dish or add a seasonal soup for a more substantial meal.
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- 2 8-oz. Ahi Tuna Steaks, cut into 2” cubes
- 2 T. black sesame seeds
- 2 T. white sesame seeds
- 2 T. ground ginger
- 3 T. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 T. sesame oil
- ¼ c. grapeseed oil
- 2 T. soy sauce
- 3 T. rice wine vinegar
- 1 T. fresh lime juice
- 1½ T. Dijon mustard
- 1 medium shallot, finely minced
- 1 T. fresh ginger, very finely minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 cups mixed salad greens
- soy sauce
- wasabi paste (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a glass bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended. Taste and add more lime juice to brighten the flavors, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Add sesame seeds and ground ginger to a large bowl and stir to combine. Add chunks of tuna to bowl and toss to coat. Press to make sure seeds adhere to tuna.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. When hot, add coated tuna to pan and flash sear on all sides, approximately 30 seconds per side. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Add mixed greens to serving plates and top each plate with an equal portion of the seared tuna. Drizzle with dressing. (You can also toss mixed salad greens with dressing before plating, if desired). Serve with additional soy sauce and wasabi paste, if desired.
Do you have an easy show stopping recipe that looks like you labored over it?
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