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Jun 4, 2007 09:09 AM

Seared Tuna Steaks- need a side dish

Hi all- I am cooking for a woman for the first time on Wednesday, planning to make some seared tuna steaks and rub them with a little cayenne pepper, black pepper, etc. I'm leaning towards making a mango salsa to go over the tuna. Any thoughts on a good side dish and veggie as well as a good wine to pair with it?

I am pretty handy in the kitchen, and have or can access almost anything.



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  1. if you lean toward an Asian flavor, edamames, baby bok choy, rice

    1. This would compliment you tuna and mango

      2 C. cooked black beans, if canned, drain well. Combine with 2 C. cooked rice, 1 1/2 C. fresh cilantro, 1/4 c. fresh lime juice, 3/4 c. oil, 1/2 c chopped red onion, 2 smashed cloves garlic S&P to taste. Serve lightly chilled or at room temperature. All you would need would be a good crusty roll or baguette and top quality butter. It is summer and hot so I would probably go for a cold and crisp French rose with that.

      1. If you're doing something slightly spicy and with mango salsa, why not Jamaican rice and peas? Or black beans and rice.

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        1. re: mojoeater

          Looks like we are on the same page.

          1. re: Candy

            I was looking for a side to go with tuna, which brought me to Chowhound. Thanks #1 for that. Also, the beans and rice were AMAZING. Thanks #2, #3, and #4 for that. I, my wife and even my 12 year old loved it; and I mean LOVED IT!

        2. This is one of my favorite dinners and my wife always rolls her eyes 'cause she knows what will accompany the seared tuna. I keep it simple with steamed veggies on the side. Either a mix of broccoli & baby carrots or broccoli & snap peas. I sprinkle a little grated parmesan on when serving.

          By the way, here's how I prepare the tuna. I'll grind up a combo of black peppercorns and dried ancho chiles. (Sometimes I'll also add some cashews to the mix.) Press the tuna into the mixture on one side. Sear on the coated side for 3 minutes at high heat. Then 1 minute on the other side.

          1. The MAngo Salsa is a great addition. I think mashed taters, with a litte wasabi added would be good.