Seared Tuna with Avocado

Sushi-grade tuna steaks, pan seared, served with slices of avocado and a ginger, soy, cilantro, lime, garlic sauce.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 jalapeño chiles, seeded, de-ribbed, minced (if very hot, use only 1 chile)
  • 2 tablespoons of peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 to 4 limes, depending on how juicy your limes are)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce if you need to avoid gluten)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or other high smoke-point oil
  • 4 (6 ounce) blocks sashimi-quality tuna
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced

Method

1 In a bowl, combine the cilantro, jalapeño, ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, sesame oil and olive oil. If you want, you can purée the sauce in a blender or food processor.

2 Heat a large skillet on high heat for one minute. Coat the pan with the canola oil and let heat up for 30 to 45 seconds. Sprinkle the tuna pieces with salt. Sear the tuna for a minute on each side.

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3 Transfer the seared tuna to a bowl and coat with some of the sauce. Pour some sauce on the plates, top with the tuna and serve with the sliced avocado and a wedge of lime.