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Overcooked Tuna...Any Way To Salvage?

lilingenue Nov 16, 2008 03:48 AM

I coated a lovely tuna steak with black and white sesame seeds, seared it on a grill, but unfortunately overcooked it even though it was only on each side for a couple of minutes. Now I'm pretty annoyed with myself and disappointed that I ruined a beautiful piece of fresh tuna (and I'm no cooking novice either)...is there ANY way at all to salvage it by perhaps masking it with a delicious sauce/salsa of some kind? It's not completely dried out...there's a touch of pink in the middle, but it's definitely not cooked the way it should be. Help?

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    DGresh RE: lilingenue Nov 16, 2008 04:05 AM

    this recipe for ancho chilis stuffed with tuna is one of my family's favorites and I return to it often. I don't think slightly overcooked tuna would at all hurt these since there's a lot of moistness in the filling. The sesame seeds won't hurt either-- You soak the chilis in a vinegar and brown sugar mixture to soften them, stuff them and serve on a salad with avocado-

    Tuna and Potato stuffed ancho chilis:

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      bear RE: lilingenue Nov 16, 2008 05:44 AM

      Ina Garten has a delicious tuna salad recipe with avocado and wasabi. Ideally the tuna would be rare, but I'm sure it would still be delicious with the tuna cooked through.


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        kaaris RE: bear Nov 16, 2008 06:09 AM

        Mmm, that tuna salad sounds awesome!

        I was thinking about a deep dish tuna pie. You just cook some onions/potatoes in milk, add whatever medley of veggies appeals to you, add the tuna, and put it in a deep casserole, covered with some homemade pie crust. Super easy, homemade pie of delightful comfort food.


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          lilingenue RE: kaaris Nov 16, 2008 03:59 PM

          mmmm this does sound like great comfort food. would the sesame seeds get in the way though??

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          QSheba RE: bear Nov 17, 2008 04:54 AM

          I was going to suggest the same recipe..it is delicious!

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          dubedo RE: lilingenue Nov 16, 2008 04:38 PM

          Sadly, I do this frequently. I am cursed when it comes to searing tuna. You could make an Italian-inspired tuna salad. Cut the tuna into small pieces and toss with capers, minced shallot or onion, chopped pitted kalamata olives, chopped parsley, maybe some chickpeas or cannelini beans. (This ingredient list is just for example, off the top of my head). Dress with a lemon vinaigrette. Serve in warm pitas or over toasted baguette slices or on a bed of salad greens. I have also had delicious tuna melts made with fresh tuna salad.

          Or, you could make a pasta dish with the same type of ingredients - say canned chopped tomatoes, olives, capers, the tuna (in chunks), etc. Puttanesca-style.

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            lilingenue RE: dubedo Nov 16, 2008 06:42 PM

            Oooh can't believe I didn't think about drowning the tuna in a tomato-based pasta dish...that will definitely hide the sadness of my tuna quite well. Sorry to say this, but I'm SO glad it's not just me that over-sears tuna! Sigh.

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              alkapal RE: dubedo Nov 17, 2008 05:00 AM

              dubedo, your salad idea sounds so delicious and refreshing.

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              SocksManly RE: lilingenue Nov 17, 2008 02:56 AM

              Just put it in the fridge and it will uncook it. Don't leave it too long though or it will get all raw.

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                lilingenue RE: SocksManly Nov 17, 2008 05:32 AM


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                  alkapal RE: lilingenue Nov 17, 2008 05:36 AM

                  i wonder if i stay in the fridge whether i could reverse *my* aging process! if only. {;^D

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                tmso RE: lilingenue Nov 17, 2008 03:08 AM

                You do know that tuna can be eaten in forms other than seared and rare, right? A touch of pink in the middle sounds fine, I don't see why you need to hide or drown it. If it's a bit dry, you could serve it drizzled with oil, or with a white wine sauce.

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                  lilingenue RE: tmso Nov 17, 2008 05:33 AM

                  It just doesn't taste right...I already tried a ponzu sauce with it but that didn't work, hence my need for alternatives. And a touch of pink was being generous...it was more like a very faint spot of color...

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                    alkapal RE: lilingenue Nov 17, 2008 05:38 AM

                    the olive oil in the italian salad idea will help with that dryness.

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