It’s not very often that we cook tuna, but every time we do, I always fall back in love with the giant fish and wonder “why don’t we do this more often.” One, it’s delicious; two, it’s easy; three, is good for you and when it’s purchased from a reliable source, you can rest assured that you’re getting a sustainably caught product. Which is of utmost importance, always. Oh, and four, leftovers make for a killer salad niçoise … and yes, I know it’s traditionally made with anchovies but tuna works perfectly too.
To be completely honest, I don’t eat much that’s not vegan. And I follow a plant-based diet most of the time, but when Eric wants to cook tuna, it’s hard to say “no” because he does so perfectly. Here’s how:
First, start with a great piece of fish. Look for tuna steaks with a deep, mahogany red color, no indentations. The flesh should appear bright and clear, even though it’s a deep red.
Drizzle with EVOO, lots of cracked pepper, a touch of salt and lots and lots (and lots) of chopped garlic. Place on a non-stick pan over high heat, for 5-minutes a side, flip only once. Note, most tuna steaks are 1-2 inches thick. You will need to adjust your cook time for anything thinner, or thicker. AND if you prefer your tuna slightly rare in the middle, reduce the time per side to 3 minutes or until it reaches the consistency you prefer. I personally like mine cooked through, but definitely not overcooked. Serve with more pepper, and whatever sides float your boat. For this meal, we did asparagus and wild rice on the side. Oh, and don’t forget the chardonnay ; ) Enjoy!