I have a fun new game that I like to play whenever I go to the grocery store. I walk around for a good while until I find something that I haven’t made in a while. This week, it was tuna steak. Actually, I don’t recall ever eating tuna steak. I’m also trying to eat more seafood…about once per week. So here I am with 3 tuna steaks. I was planning on just grilling them with a little salt, pepper, and dill, but ultimately decided to go to the ol’ Google machine and see how other people seasoned their tuna steaks. Lo and behold, I found this winning recipe. What really drew me to it was the interesting combination of spices that you use to season the fish. I’m all about strange food combos. So, here we go!
Homemade Chardonnay salt
2 Tbsp kosher salt
Pinch ground allspice
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Sest of ½ orange
Leaves from 1 sprig fresh tarragon
½ red onion or 2 shallots, finely diced
Leaves from 6 sprigs fresh tarragon, chopped
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt
1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix with your fingers, gently bruising the tarragon leaves to release their aromatic oils.
2. Cover and let sit for at least 20 minutes; use within a few hours.
3. In the meantime, make the citrus salsa
4. Peel the oranges and cut them into segments; cut each segment into thirds and combine these with the onion, tarragon, and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with the salt and toss well.
5. Set salsa aside.
6. Fire up the grill, concentrating the coals (or heat) beneath the spot where the steaks will go so as to maximize the heat. If it’s rainy or you’re not quite ready to break out the grill yet, crank up the heat under a grill pan.
7. Lightly oil and season the steaks to taste (I recommend being a little conservative with the seasoning. If you over-season, the tuna steaks can get quite salty).
8. When the grill or grill pan is very hot, throw on the steaks. Now keep your mitts off until the sear is complete. This takes 1 to 2 minutes on each side for a nicely cooked steak. When the time comes to flip, you’ll know the sear is done if the tuna moves easily and does not stick to the grates or pan.
9. Cook the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes
10. Slice the tuna steaks across the grain. Spoon the salsa over the steaks, and pour a glass of chardonnay to go with the wine salt.
That’s it! It may seem like there are a lot of steps, but really, it’s not too terribly complicated.
After mixing together the spices, I was still skeptical because of how it smelled sweet…kind of like Christmas…but really, I was blown away. The citrus from the orange and the cinnamon…crazy good. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t ever recall having tuna steaks before. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. They were cooked to perfection, and the flavor was subtly….not overwhelming at all. The citrus salsa compliments the tuna really well. Pretty much a must. I grilled some asparagus with butter and some orange zest to keep with the citrus them. Lastly, I completed the meal with a recommended glass of chardonnay. I think this was one of the best meals that I have made in a REALLY long time. Seriously BLOWN.AWAY. If you’re looking for a meal to impress, this might just be that meal. Give it a try. Super easy, but looks ridiculously fancy and stuff. Definitely a win.