06 June 2012

Dishes with Dee: Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Wasabi Ponzu Sauce

So y'all heard I like seafood right?

And Asian is my fave cuisine persuasion? 

Well.  Enter sesame-crusted tuna with wasabi ponzu sauce.

Tuna tataki at home.

Okay, friends.

First of all:
You are on the lookout for sushi grade tuna here.
Just tell your fish monger (the dude behind the counter) what you are up to and he'll be able to point you in the right direction.

My beautiful fishies. 

Go around and gather the 100 ingredients that go in the ponzu sauce.
Don't be alarmed, its easy to make.  But you need a lot of stuffs in there!

So here's what ya need:

1 tablespoon of chopped green onions (Plus some to make it pretty)
2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons of honey
1 1/4 teaspoons of prepared wasabi sauce (find it in your ethnic foods isle)
1 teaspoon of peeled, grated fresh ginger (smells so good)
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
6 oz. tuna steaks (I buy 2 and it is way enough for Jeff and I)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of black sesame seeds
3 tablespoons of white sesame seeds
A dash of sesame oil. (I love sesame oil, but it can really take over a meal, so you only need about a teaspoon mixed into the vegetable oil)

And here's what ya do:

For the sauce:
Combine your first 10 ingredients and stir with a whisk.
(Told ya it was easy)

For the fish:
Heat oil over med-high heat.
Non-stick skillet yo.

Sprinkle fish with salt.
Combine both sesame seeds.
Dredge your fishies.
I mean, really roll it all around.

Cook it!
Literally, 2 1/2- 3 minutes on each side will do the trick.
This stuff is supposed to be pretty raw
That's the point.

Once you take them off the heat, let them set.
Then slice 'em up!

Garnish with those extra green onions.


Now, you know with 12HH you have to get your veggies in.
So I served this with a side of spicy garlic broccoli.

Just steam your broccoli until al dente.
Dump water.
Add about a tablespoon of sesame oil, some sliced garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes
Transfer broccoli from colander and stir fry about 2 minutes.

This is easy to make, fancy, and indulgent.

Having a dinner party a need an easy app?
Slice your tuna to about 2 inches and roll in sesame seeds individually.
Cook the same way for about a minute and a half on all 4 sides.
Let cool and slice the same.

Now go be impressive.

Peace, love and chopsticks.


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