How to prepare tuna?
I need to prepare tuna for a dinner next week. What is the best method to cook the tuna? I have some lovely toasted sesame ginger seasoning that I would like to use.
I have an electric grill outside, so that is an option? Other recommendations on preparation and if so, please give cooking times/temps, too!
ps - of course I will have a salad, but what are some other interesting sides to go with the tuna? I will be running very short on time on this particular day, so anything that doesn't take too long or can be prepared in advance will be great. Thank you again!
I like to do tuna on a cast iron skillet because I want a fast sear on all sides leaving the majority of the tuna raw. What I've done lately was to mix wasabi powder in mayo and use that to coat the fish and then roll in panko, sesame seeds, crushed rice crackers or wasabi peas and then do the quick sear to brown the coating. Slice and serve.
for me, i like to prepare tuna simply and quickly. You didn't mention what type tuna you have or what grade or how thick it is. You could marinate it in a teriyake sort of marinade with sesame seed oil and soy sauce. sear it for 2 minutes a side if it's relatively thick. You can finish it in the oven, but really, it's best when it's very very pink, with just the sear on the outside. Be careful not to overcook it, there are few things worse than overcooked fresh tuna.
You don't say whether you're dealing with tuna steak or tuna filet, but you can grill either quite easily. If you want to do the job in the shortest amount of time the, IMHO, grilling for something l ike 5 to 7 minutes per side (depending on the thickness) is the best choice.
I m ight put a nice tomato salad on the side, maybe a little broccoli with a garlic sesame seed oil dressing.
5 to 7 minutes per side??
i've never cooked tuna that long for any thickness.it would very overdone.even if you don't like it rare in the center,a couple of minutes per side is usually fine.it should still be pink.grill,sear are both great.of course grilling loses more of the saucy type coatings.serve as medallions over a salad of spring greens with lots of good adds like artichoke hearts,grape tomatoes,roasted red peppers,red onion,grilled portabellos,etc. home made bread is a nice touch if you have the time.