Seared Sesame Ahi Tuna


Seared Ahi Tuna
Tuna, Sesame, Parsnip, Radish, Cilantro, Scallion
 
6oz Ahi Tuna
4 Parsnips
1 C Sesame seeds
1 TBL Coriander Ground
1 TBL Salt
1 TBL Pepper
1 TSP Granulated Garlic
2 Scallions
3 Small Red Radish
2 Stalks of Cilantro
½ TSP Sesame Oil
½ TSP Sauce
½ C Cream
 
Searing the Tuna
Season the tuna with salt, pepper, coriander, and garlic on both sides. Coat in the sesame seeds on all sides. Place is a smoking hot pan (literally) with just a touch of canola oil. Sear Tuna on all sides for about 30 seconds each side (only about 1.5 minutes of total cook time). Set on a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
 
Parsnip puree
Peel, cut into 1 inch pieces then boil the parsnips in salted water, until fork tender. Strain off the excess liquid and return the pot. This will allow some of the excess moisture of the parsnips to be extracted, giving you a richer tasting puree. Add some cream, salt, and pepper to taste. I use a magic bullet for this puree, it gives a much smoother puree and better “mouth feel”, as us old chefs like to say.
 
Cilantro Salad
Pick the leaves of the cilantro off the stems first. Then using a mandolin slice the radishes very thin (be careful! Mandolins are very sharp tools).  Slice the scallions on a bias very thin, as thin as you can comfortably. Toss all ingredients in sesame oil and soy sauce very lightly (this is basically to impart a little flavor and moisten your salad) and serve.
 
This is a very user friendly recipe and a fast one too. Only about 30 minutes from start to finish. However. This can be a crowd pleasing entrée or appetizer served to impress guests or your significant other. The combinations I used were intentional. The fatty nature of tuna can really coat ones palate and can overtake it.  I paired it with the earthy undertones of parsnips to help cut though some of those fatty qualities of the tuna. The salad acts a sort of faux acidic element that people generally enjoy with seafood. You will find this dish to be light, balanced, refreshing, and fulfilling all while looking great on your dinner table.

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