Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks with Mango Cucumber Salsa

Jason loves seafood. I don't. But I'm learning slowly to enjoy it. Sushi and lightly cooked fish is tasty, it's the cooked stuff I don't like (I know, bizarre right?) But, when Ahi Tuna steaks were on sale at the grocery store the other morning I knew that it was fate, Jason was going to get some yummy fish for dinner! The mango cucumber salsa really makes this dish delicious to me, plus it's so healthy! 

  • 2 Ahi Tuna Steaks (or more if you're serving more!) 
  • 2 mangos (already ripe, if not get the mango salsa in the produce section and it'll work perfect) 
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup white rice 
  • Jalapeno (I use the jarred kind so it's not so brutal on my skin and face) 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 red onion (you're only going to use about half) 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive oil
  1. Diced the mangos, 1/2 of the onion, cucumber, jalapeno, and the garlic and place into a bowl. 
  2. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the diced fruits and veggies and stir. 
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste while stirring. 
  4. Put this in the fridge with saran wrap covering it to allow it to ferment. (Yep, just let it get that flavor all perfected on its own) 
  5. Boil the one cup rice in a saucepan in two cups water. 
  6. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and allow it to simmer until the water is gone. 
  7. While the rice is cooking, enjoy a moment of down time. 
  8. Four minutes before the rice is done, add the olive oil to a large frying pan making sure the whole bottom is covered. 
  9. Allow a moment for the oil to get hot hot HOT! 
  10. Coat both sides of the Ahi with salt and pepper before setting it into the hot oily pan. 
  11. Allow it to cook for a minute and a half on one side, then flip and let cook for another minute and a half. 
  12. Serve it up on two plates with rice and lots of mango-cucumber salsa to boot! 
  13. Enjoy! 
Searing the fish can be a little tricky, and as Jason and I have learned, is in fact an art. So if it doesn't go right the first time, that's ok, try again! This time Jason said it was undercooked. I liked it and thought it was quite tasty.