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Pan Fried Tuna with Cumin

Pan Fried Tuna with Cumin

I have always been a seafood fan and when given the option to choose to have seafood either while eating out or to cook up at home, I will take it. When I was a hungry boy growing up I ate tuna fish a lot, but it was always in the same style: homemade tuna fish salad to take in for my school lunches. It took a while for me to realize that a typical tuna fish was not a red-hatted, glasses wearing hipster fish. Some years later I came across a blackened tuna steak offered on the menu of some restaurant that I can no longer remember the name of, I tried it and was thrilled. Tuna steaks were immediately added to my short list of seafood dishes that I would try if seen on a menu. These days I prefer to cook tuna at home, I can usually get a better deal on it and you can do a lot with tuna at home (pan fry, grill, broil, just don’t overcook it!) though I will leave the sushi creation to the expert chefs at the restaurants.

This leads us to today when I stopped in at the market in my building after work:

The friend I stopped there with said “Tuna’s on sale this week.” I looked and lo and behold:

“Sale: $12.99 lb. Fresh Wild Caught Tuna Steaks from Florida” said the jaunty yellow sign in the seafood section.

“Well, looks like I know what I am doing for dinner tonight.”

I strode into my place with a tuna steak in my bag, and a lightness in my heart, because I had a tuna steak in my bag.

The phone rang and the friend I was at the market was letting me know about this excellent sounding tuna recipe she found on the Whole Foods Market app she had on her phone. She said that I should check it out since I probably had the necessary ingredients on hand already. The recipe was called Seared Tuna with Cumin, but I did not have all the ingredients needed. Fortunately I had all the ones that really mattered, I was only missing the cilantro, coconut oil and lime. You know how they say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, well there is an unknown (till now) saying that goes: When life doesn’t give you limes, use your squeeze bottle of lemon juice instead. As for the cilantro, some people will say that it should always be missing, I actually like the stuff but did not think I missed anything by not including it.

It turned out great, I served it on a bed of basmati rice with a cucumber salad on the side as seen above.

Here is my adaption of the recipe from Whole Foods, to see the original, follow the link above, and also here.

Pan Fried Tuna with Cumin
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 (6 ounce) tuna steaks
  2. 2 T ground cumin
  3. 1/4 t garlic powder
  4. 1/4 t Lawry's seasoning salt
  5. 1/8 t cayenne pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine the cumin, garlic powder, seasoning salt and cayenne pepper.
  2. Coat the seasoning mixture evenly over the tuna, covering it completely.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over high heat until hot.
  4. Add the tuna to the pan and fry for about 3 minutes.
  5. Turn the tuna steaks over and sprinkle with the lemon juice.
  6. Continue to cook for about 3 more minutes till fish is opaque on the inside.
Notes
  1. Make sure not to overcook your tuna, it dries it up and toughens it!
Adapted from Whole Foods Market
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