While I love eating rich winter foods like mac n cheese and pot roast, sometimes I crave something refreshing. This seared tuna dish is exactly that. I love seared ahi tuna to begin with, but topping it with the sweet and vibrant orange pieces, the clean flavors of the fresh mint, the heat from the habanero, and the other flavors of the salsa just make it extraordinarily delicious and satisfying. This is definitely restaurant quality food, for a fraction of the price, and it’s pretty easy to make. Here’s how to make it:
2 tbsp orange juice (squeezed from the leftover segmented oranges)
1 tbsp lemon juice (optional, if you have it on hand)
1/2 a habanero, finely minced (or substitute another chile, but you need the heat for balance)
1 tsp packed chopped mint
2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
2 6 oz tuna steaks
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp orange juice
Start by whisking together the honey, soy sauce, and 3 tbsp orange juice (the bottom three ingredients) and letting the tuna steaks marinade in it for 30 minutes.
While your tunas marinate, prepare the salsa. In order to get beautiful and tasty orange segments in the salsa first cut off the bottom and top of your orange, and with a paring knife, peel the outer skin off the sides, like this:
To release the segments, run your paring knife flush against the membranes (the white lines) like this:
Place your orange segments in a bowl, then grab your avocados. I like to cut these by first peeling off the skin,
Then dicing them up (this will result in the cleanest dice you can get):
Alternatively, you could cut a grid directly in the avocado half and spoon the cubes out. Add the avocado to the orange segment bowl, and add your orange juice, lemon juice, red onion, habanero, and mint to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper, toss, and let it sit so the flavors meld together.
When your tuna is ready to be seared, heat a pan (cast iron recommended, do not use nonstick) over high heat. If you are using a cast iron pan, wait until the pan is almost white (this means really hot, and is perfect for searing). Sear your tuna in the pan for 45-60 seconds on each side. You want the inside to be very rare, you are just killing the bacteria on the outside of the tuna steak. After searing your tuna, add your leftover marinade to the pan and reduce for a few seconds, and spoon over the tuna. Then top with the orange mint avocado salsa. This dish is incredibly flavorful and delicious, enjoy! Please leave any comments, questions, or suggestions below. Have a wonderful weekend!