May 19, 2005

Quick and Easy Asian Tuna Meal

Some of you may have noticed a certain extra lack of posting around here. My parents are visiting and I have bronchitis, which has made things a little busier, crazier and sicker than usual. So I thought I'd share for you the meal I made last night and that I make every time my favorite grocery store has tuna medallions on sale.

Coconut-Lime-Cilantro Rice

1 1/2 cups white Asian rice
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest of one lime
juice from one lime
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Add rice, water, coconut milk, and salt to cooking pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until almost done -- about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add zest, lime juice and cilantro. Cover until ready to serve.

Sesame Tuna

3 or 4 fresh tuna medallions
sesame seeds
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 or 3 sliced green onions
1-2 tablespoons soy sauce

Coat both sides of tuna with sesame seeds, pressing them in with your hands. Heat oil in non-stick skillet to medium-high heat. Put tuna in pan and don't move for 3 minutes. Flip, add green onions and soy sauce and cook for another 3 minutes. Check for desired doneness. In my opinion, the only way to ruin tuna is to overcook it. If you cook it rare, it will not be fishy.

Serve over rice and drizzle with soy-green onion mixture.

I serve these with edamame boiled in salted water for three minutes and allowed to cool slightly.

And yes, if you are wondering, The Boy and The Girl both will eat everything, although peeling the edamame and occasionally shooting a soy bean across the room is their favorite part.


wow, now that is creative cooking. (Putting on my stupid hat, What are tuna medallions?)

Hope everyone feels better soon.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at May 20, 2005 12:34 AM

Sort of like small pieces of tuna steak, Rachel Ann. They are probably a crummy piece, but I find tuna a very filling fish and so their small size is pretty much perfect.

Posted by: Jordana at May 20, 2005 07:20 AM

Heh. The edamame shooting is MY favorite part ;) I am soooo going to make this. We love tuna steaks.

Posted by: caltechgirl at May 20, 2005 10:09 AM

Sounds yummy... Can't wait to try it.
Tell your parents hello for me, and tell your mom I could use her (and yours for that matter) expertise with the new (yet very old) home we are buying...

Posted by: Blair at May 20, 2005 10:14 AM

This sounds really yummy! And the best part for me is that it is wheat-free! Yay! Of course, Mark doesn't like fish, but I can make him frozen pizza that night, ha ha ha.....

I hope you feel better really soon! Are the kids sick as well (hope not)?

Posted by: angie at May 20, 2005 10:36 AM

Oh no! I just realized that soy sauce does indeed have wheat in it. Any substitution suggestions? I can always leave it out, I guess....???

Posted by: angie at May 20, 2005 10:41 AM

I love edamame! Where do you find yours? I've looked all over the produce section and can't find it here...

I've done a similar sesame treatment with salmon steaks, too -- I increase the soy sauce and add a little rice or white wine. mmmm-MMMMM!

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at May 20, 2005 12:28 PM

Francesca, I get mine in the frozen section.

Posted by: Jordana at May 20, 2005 02:46 PM