Ahi Tuna – super fast, super tasty!

I seem to be in a bit of seafood kick right now. In my last post I made a super easy clam recipe and really hope some readers do try that recipe.  Not only is it good but it’s a sense of accomplishment to use an ingredient which can be intimating.  This next recipe uses another seafood which I think several people may be intimated by, but for those who do take my advice and try this one you won’t be disappointed, promise!

If the suspense is killing you as to what I made wait no longer! I made seared ahi tuna in a citrus soy ginger garlic sauce.  And spoiler alert, it was delicious and SO quick and easy to make!

In the morning I made the marinade. I mixed olive oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and sugar together. 

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Then I placed my tuna steaks into the marinade and covered in the refrigerator until I was ready to cook that evening.

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I would have to say the only negative to this recipe is you need 3 pans, meaning you will have 3 pans to clean. In a large skillet I heated 1 TB of oil.  I also set a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and a small pan over medium heat.  Once the oil was hot I placed spinach into the skillet with the oil, added a bit of salt and pepper and tossed the spinach. 

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I continued tossing occasionally until wilted when I removed it from the heat.

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Meanwhile as the spinach cooked I removed the tuna steak from the marinade and placed onto the cast iron skillet.

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I then poured the marinade into the small pan. 

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After 2 minutes I flipped the tuna (you want to sear and not cook through), then let it sear on the other side for 2 minutes.  I stirred the sauce occasionally and let it bubble and reduce slightly. 

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All the pans take the same amount of time to cook (literally minutes) so when the tuna was done searing on its second side I plated. I placed a bed of the sauted spinach on the center of a plate.  Then I topped with the tuna steak, some sliced avocado and poured the sauce over top.  The presentation was pretty impressive for a Tuesday night dinner!

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The Verdict: Excellent.  I love how quick and easy this one is to make.  I also love how beautiful the dish is.  And the taste, well that’s pretty much perfection.  The sauce compliments the tuna nicely and the avocado adds a really nice creaminess. 

Seared Ahi Tuna with Lime Soy Ginger Garlic Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ahi tuna steaks
  2. 6 TB olive oil, divided
  3. 4 TB soy sauce
  4. 2 tsp ginger, minced
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  7. 3 limes, zested and juiced
  8. 2 tsp sugar
  9. 6 cups of spinach
  10. Salt and pepper
  11. 1 avocado, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Mix together 4 TB of the olive oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cilantro, lime zest, juice and sugar. Pour into a dish large enough to fit both tuna steaks. Place the steaks in the marinade and coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat remaining 2 TB of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Also heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and a small pan over medium heat. When oil is hot add the spinach to the skillet with the oil, season with salt and pepper and toss.
  3. Remove the tuna steaks from the marinade and place on the cast iron skillet. Pour the marinade into the small pan. Continue to toss the spinach occasionally and stir the marinade which will bubble and thicken to create the sauce. After 2 minutes flip the tuna and sear the other side for another 2 minutes.
  4. To plate divide the spinach over 2 plates. Top with a tuna steak and avocado slices divided over both portions. Drizzle sauce over top and serve.
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