Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Seared Ahi Tuna

Arkansas is a landlocked state, so unless you find a market that has fish flown in fresh 2 or 3 times a week (like Terry's Finer Foods), you may rely on fish that has been flash frozen when caught.  I get my Ahi Tuna from Sam's Club because it is just that.  Another advantage is that I can have a bag full of individually wrapped filets that thaw easily overnight, and I can keep the bag on hand for a little while without it going bad.

After I thaw my ahi, or yellowfin tuna steak, I dry it on a paper towel, then season it with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.  I put my grill pan or cast iron skillet on high heat, and when it is really hot, after about 4 minutes, I spray the tuna with canola spray and add the steaks to the pan. 

After 2 or 3 minutes, I flip the steak when it's slightly browned, then repeat the other side.  When I remove the tuna from the pan, I let it rest about 10 minutes before I slice it.
I love the combination of tuna and avocado!  After I split my avocado, I douse it with lime juice, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper.  Then I slice it thinly.  I love the hand rolls that they make in sushi or Japanese restaurants, so I decided to make a hand roll with rice paper - the wrapper that makes Vietnamese springrolls. 

I also added a perilla leaf which is similar to shiso - these herbs just taste green to me.

After I sliced my tuna, I drizzled it with ponzu, a citrus soy sauce.

After it's rolled up, it's delicious when dipped into the ponzu just before taking a bite.  Just ask my friend Neil from work!  He's not afraid to invite himself over for lunch!


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  3. We have a several fish markets here where I live but I have to say this tuna from SAMs looks really good and I bet it's half the price of what I pay. Nice photos too!

  4. Sam's club Ahi is fairly tasty, nearly done with my first package and I'm happy with the texture and the smell.

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