Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Miso Pepper Tuna


 Who doesn't like a good steak? Well, a lot of folks and I'm one of them.  I was raised on a lot of beef (my grandfather and uncle were both butchers), but for the last 7 years I haven't eaten moo moos. No need to go into details, but other than missing burgers, I don't really miss meat.  I do admit to missing the smell of a good roast in the oven though, especially on the coldest days of winter. Honestly, one can find a reason to not eat or eat most anything, so I am not one to judge. And I don't. I admit to making steaks or burgers for my family, but I choose something else. Now you know why you don't see a lot of meat recipes on this blog.

One thing that Manservant loves is tuna. He loves ahi tuna and as long as it is sustainably caught, I have no problem keeping him satisfied. He loves seared tuna and prefers it rare, much like he does his steak. No problem there. This is such an easy dish to make and the only thing that keeps me from making this more often is the price. It is good to know though that tuna has no waste. No bones, no fat, just plain tuna and it is lean and good for you.

Well, I'm not one to plan ahead and often don't decide what's for dinner until I reach the grocery. And thank goodness for a well stocked freezer, for the times when I don't reach the grocer. You would think that blogging might help me plan ahead, but it doesn't and this is how I cook. Really. I am very good at making something from nothing. But last week I did find myself at the grocer and found some beautiful tuna. And nothing is simpler than seared tuna on the grill. Placed atop a salad one has a perfect, nutritious meal. Not to mention tasty.


So, since this isn't an ad for tuna, I best get to the recipe. My brain is a bit tired due to the fact that Spirit arrived 4 hours late with Manservant and son. Which means that I did not arrive home from the airport pickup until about 12:30AM, which makes one a bit tired. Well, it does me. OK. Let's eat!

Note: If you want a guide to sustainably caught fish from Monterey Bay Aquarium, click here.



Miso Pepper Tuna
Serves 4
Time to Make - 30 minutes tops!

Ingredients:
Fish and Marinade:
1 1/2 lbs ahi tuna, sustainably caught
3 T fresh orange juice
1 T sesame oil
2 T white miso

1 T black sesame seeds
1 T white sesame seeds
1 T coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 T togarashi pepper (This can be found in the grocery. It is just a mix of different dried pepper, Japanese style.)

Salad:
1 head Romaine washed and sliced
1 c purple cabbage sliced thin (I use a mandoline.)
1/2 of a yellow pepper, sliced thin
1 mango, sliced thin
1 cucumber, sliced lengthwise so you have pretty ribbons
1/2 c green onions, chopped

Miso Dressing:
1/4 c oil
1/4 c water
1/4 c white miso
1 1/2 T rice vinegar
1-2 t honey or to taste
1-2 t minced onion
1/4-1/2 t wasabi or dry mustard

Directions:
Whisk orange juice, sesame oil and miso together. Place fish in a dish and marinate while getting rest of recipe together. Make sure both sides are covered in marinade. Keep fish at room temperature.

Mix seeds and peppers together. You will cover both sides of the tuna with this when you are ready to grill.

Prepare salad ingredients.

Prepare dressing by whisking all ingredients together.

Preheat grill to high heat. Oil the grill grate before placing fish on it so it won't stick. Dredger tuna on both sides in pepper mixture. Cook on high heat no more than two minutes per side. You may want only 1 1/2 minutes per side. Let rest a few minures before slicing thinly on the diagonal, or you may end up with flakes of fish and not slices!

Toss salad and dressing together. You may not use all the dressing. Or serve dressing on the side. Place slices of tuna on each portion. Enjoy! And then go take a walk! It was so pretty out tonight!

Other Seafood Recipes:
Moroccan Fish with Chickpeas and Saffron Aioli
White Fish with Mushrooms and Browned Butter
Orange Cacao Rubbed Roasted Paiche
Roasted Salmon with Roasted Fennel
Cajun Fish with Pecan Browned Butter
Old Bay Tartar Remoulade Sauce






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35 comments:

  1. This is so delicious over the salad, Abbe. Bet the marinade would be great for the cod or salmon too.

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    1. It is a good, simple marinade. It would be great with chicken, too! Thanks, Angie!

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  2. Abbe, you'll laugh because the first time my husband made me sushi grade ahi tuna at home, I made him cook it all the way through so it was COMPLETELY grey. Now I have learned, and don't cook it more than a minute on each side at tops.

    I agree, if we could buy it at half price, I'd get it more often!

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    1. Done that, too, Biz! At least we learn fast!

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  3. This looks so refreshing, Abbe. Yellow pepper, orange juice...love it!

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  4. I do eat meat, but I have to say the quality of most supermarket meat has really declined over the last decade -- not nearly as much flavor as it used to have, mainly because it's much leaner. Fat has flavor! One of the reasons why tuna is so good -- it tends to have a decent amount of fat. I haven't had tuna for ages, and now you have me craving it. Of course. ;-) This looks excellent -- thanks.

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    1. Oh yeah baby! Fat has flavor! My father used to trim the fat off of my steak and put it on his plate. I never liked it! Go buy some tuna!

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    1. Thank so much, Natalie. Nice to see you around!

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  6. A beautiful salad! I love your sesame seed-pepper mixture!

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    1. It was a great mixture, Mimi. One you should try! thanks for writing!

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  7. A beautiful salad! I love your sesame seed and pepper spice mixture!

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  8. Although I am not a fan of miso, I have to say this is a beautiful dish... So full of color and flavor.

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    1. It is funny Denise, but I can't taste miso. I just know that it gives everything a very good flavor! It is a glorious salad!

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  9. This looks so good and the marinade is simple but I'm sure it's delicious.

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  10. I'm a fish lover and so is Hubs. Unfortunately the boys aren't but that just means more for us. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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    1. So true, Karen! Actually we hated it when our kids started liking sushi. It made going our much more expensive! thanks for commenting!

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  11. I had a delicious piece of fish with a miso based sauce while at a restaurant and your recipe is reminding me that I must give it a try at home. Sorry you had troubles on both ends of that trip for your husband and son. Hope they enjoyed the time in between travel headaches!

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    1. Travel headaches? well, most everyone has them, right? They had a great trip. Thanks, Holly!

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  12. I love this!! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing Abbe. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Abbe, I'm surprised you make Japanese cuisine too! Those dressing are to die for! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Shirley. When I put my mind to it, I can make most anything. but that is because I love to eat!

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  14. Oh, stupid Spirit! Does the agony of that airline never end for you?!?!? Well, at least this awesome salad is a consolation! Stunning – great pics! The flavors sound phenomenal! And hey – loved that you included a link to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sustainability list – so important! :D

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    1. I have to tell you that I need to go to Phoenix in a few weeks. I am not flying Spirit! It is a good salad. Right up your alley! Thanks for the compliments!

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  15. Adding white miso to my shopping list. I'll make Bill a steak and your tuna for me! It sounds fantastic.

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    1. Miso is great because it keeps forever. If only I would last that long!

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  16. I am a beef eater, but not often. But beef eater or not this recipe is enticing for everyone. The photo really captures the essence of the flavor. Creative recipe for fish. I like it.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! This is a beefy recipe for fish lovers. Dos that make sense?

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  17. Great combination of flavors! And, you cooked it to perfection, rare, just the way I like it.

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    1. Oh Pat! Great minds think alike. Thanks for commenting!

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  18. Nice recipe Abbe - I love a good rare tuna steak myself. I have miso in the fridge so that's a start! Hope you got some rest over the weekend :)

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    1. You are good to go, Tricia! No, I didn't get rest and I was quite bummed. We need a trip, you and me. By the beach... Resting!

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