Tuna steak- How to cook & what with?
- DebbieDooDah Jun 27, 2007 07:11 AM
I am just getting the hang of fish...dont like it much but trying to enjoy it as hubby like it
Normally grill tuna in my George Forman grill & its fine if i dont over cook it as it goes dry.
what is the best way to cook a tuna steak & what vegetables and sauce can i serve it with
For a sauce, try a fruit salsa: mango/strawberries/red onion/lime juice. Or try a Japanese style dipping sauce: Kikkoman makes several flavors: Memmi, Sushi/Sashimi, Tempura, they are all dashi based with some sweetness, and add some thin slices of green onion.
If the fish is on the dry side, try grating a Japanese radish, Diakon, maybe add some shoyu (less than 1/2 t per serving), it is called orishi. Similar to horseradish with beef.
For veggies, a local Japanese style restaurant serves: thick slices of: zuchini/japanese eggplant/new potatoes all grilled, seasoned with salt. The potatoes are probably par boiled.
Regarding the best way to cook a tuna steak, there isn't one. Tuna deserves to be consumed raw. If you want cooked tuna, open a can. Seared tuna is a concept I don't get. Raw in the center, warmed on the outside, risking over cooking, why not just eat it raw? If I were to cook tuna scraps/trimmings, I would simmer it in teriyaki sauce and serve over steamed rice.
I like seared tuna with almost any vegetable. This recipe is so incredibly easy and tasty:
I've often changed out the vegetables for boy choy or otherwise, but it's always good.
You could also serve seared tuna in a salad nicoise for a cool and easy summer-time dinner.
I use this marinade alot for grilled ahi. Qty is enough for 6 fillets, I make a much smaller version as we usually only make two small ones at a time.
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 c sesame oil
1/2 c lime juice
1/4 c mirin
2 tbls grated fresh ginger
2 medium cloves, minced
2 tbls crushed red pepper flakes
Personally I treat tuna steak just as I would beef steak.
I like it cooked medium-rare... as, like you said, it likes to dry out. Unless you are unsure of the freshness of your tuna (and if thats the case, I couldnt eat it at all)... there is no reason to cook tuna all the way through! It just gets so dry.
I also love poke.... raw tuna marinated in a spicy concoction. http://copperpots.blogspot.com/2007/0...
Alan gives some really good suggestions on sauces and veggies. I think it all depends on what style you go with for cooking... raw, I'd suggest cool veggies, like a cucumber or carrot salad. Or if you go Mediterranean, maybe eggplant and olives... terriyaki I'd go with sauteed bok choy or some other stir fried veg.