Friday, September 16, 2011

A fancy tuna lunch

So this is an interesting story actually. I have had a really stressful day, had numerous people to meet with at various times, a newborn to contend with, and a two year old to both take and pick up from school. All before noon. So I didn't have much time for anything really. After school, we still needed to be out of the house for the cleaning ladies, so we had to entertain ourselves a while. We ended up at the grocery store! Kiran had to have a pumpkin, he just wouldn't take no for an answer (he said he wanted to eat it for snacktime..=/) and I was just about starving, so I actually wanted to get stuff to make tabouleh! I have been wanting fish for some time now, and just haven't made it a priority to cook, but when we passed the fish section of the grocery store, and I saw this beautiful, not fishy smelling AT ALL, tuna on sale, I just had to get it to cook for myself during naptime. Here's what I did. I only tell you this because it ended up being absolutely fantastic. Feel free to double the recipe, or quadruple it. This fed me happily for a beautiful lunch.

1 tuna steak, mine was .39 lbs
1 tsp of sesame seeds
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 dash sriachi vietnamese hot sauce. Rooster sauce, affectionately called.
dash of salt
dash of soy sauce
salad greens of your choice

So I got a skillet heating up with olive oil, a dash of sesame oil, and a small dash of soy sauce as well. It'd be great if you could marinade your tuna in the sesame oil and soy sauce beforehand, but it's okay if you don't. Get the pan nice and hot, then put your salted fish on it. I had mine turned to high to start with, and after a minute, I turned it down to medium. I also put a lid on it to get a little steaming going on in there. I let it do it's thing for 2 minutes, then checked it. It was nice and seared, but it still wasn't done all the way through. This is what you want it to be like. I then salted the other side, pressed a layer of sesame seeds into the top of it, and flipped it over to sear the other side. Make sure your pan has enough oil to keep it from sticking. You don't want it to stick.. =/ Once I had it turned over, I started on my sauce. Get a little bowl and mix 1 tbsp mayo with the sriachi, 1 tsp sesame oil, and a dash of water to loosen it up some. I then put mine into a little sandwich bag and got it all mixed up and ready to go. I probably cooked my fish for 3-4 minutes per side, then I opened it up just a little to see that it was almost well done ( That's how I like fish, can't help myself. If you like it less done, try 3 minutes per side.) On a nice plate, put your salad greens and sprinkle with sesame oil and a little salt. Put your fish on top of it, squeeze the sauce across the top, garnish, and enjoy it! It's even tastier than it looks!

The most important thing to consider here is to NOT overcook your fish. You can always put it back on if it's not done to your liking, but you can't un-cook it. If it gets overcooked, it will taste like the canned stuff. You just don't want to do that to yourself or your beautiful fish.

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