I’m typically a pretty simple girl when it comes to tuna — a grill pan, some oil, salt & pepper and some soy sauce for dippin’ and I’m done. Okay, maybe a few more things but you know what I mean.
However, the other day, I had some cream left over from the basil ice cream, so I decided to go all out and make this cream sauce for our tuna. Damn! It was good.
Pan Seared Tuna with Ginger-Shitake Cream Sauce
Adapted from Bon AppÃ©tit magazine
2 6-ounce ahi tuna steaks, each about 1 inch thick
2 tbsp peanut oil
1 tbsp butter
4 thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
Garnishes: Lime wedges & fresh cilantro sprigs
Sprinkle one side of tuna steaks with pepper and a little salt. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Place tuna steaks, pepper side down, in hot oil and sear 2 minutes. Sprinkle side facing up with a little salt and pepper.
Turn tuna over and continue cooking to desired doneness, about 1-2 minutes for rare. Transfer tuna to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Add butter, sliced green onions, cilantro, ginger and chopped garlic to same skillet and sautÃ© until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Mix in mushrooms and soy sauce and simmer 30 seconds.
Add whipping cream and simmer until sauce lightly coats back of spoon, about 3 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Taste and add the remaining tablespoon of soy sauce if desired.
Spoon sauce onto plates; arrange tuna atop sauce. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs, if desired.
On the side
We had some green tea brown basmati rice (throw a tea bag in the water right before it starts to boil, let it steep for a minute or two before you add the rice, then remove the tea bag and cook rice as usual). Rounding out the plate was some baby bok choy — Stir-Fried Shanghai Bok Choy with Ginger, that is.
Stir-Fried Shanghai Bok Choy with Ginger
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, peeled
3/4 lb Shanghai bok choy or other baby bok choy (about 6 heads)
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp Chinese rice wine (preferably Shaoxing) or medium-dry Sherry
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
Cut half of ginger into very fine matchsticks (less than 1/8 inch thick; about 1 tablespoon) and reserve. Grate remaining ginger and squeeze pulp with your fingers to yield 1 teaspoon liquid, then discard pulp.
Remove any bruised or withered outer leaves from bok choy. Trim 1/8 inch from bottom of each bok choy, then cut each head into quarters. Wash bok choy in several changes of cold water and dry in a colander or salad spinner until dry to the touch.
Whisk together ginger juice, chicken broth, rice wine, soy sauce, cornstarch, salt, and sugar in a small bowl until cornstarch is dissolved.
Heat wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Pour oil down side of wok, then swirl oil, tilting wok to coat sides. Add ginger matchsticks and stir-fry 5 seconds. Add bok choy and stir-fry until leaves are bright green and just limp, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir broth mixture, then pour into wok and stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender and sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and drizzle with sesame oil, then stir to coat.
In other news I start a new job soon — Internet Marketing Manager at Stash Tea. I am very, very excited and looking forward to this new position.