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Seared Albacore Tuna with Ponzu Tossed Greens

Seared Albacore Tuna with Ponzu Tossed Greens

Sunday Lunch/Daily Dinners

Looking to impress your Mom this Sunday? I made this dinner last night, but it’s special enough for Mother’s Day or any occasion…and here’s the thing.  It actually came together in less than 30 minutes.

Not that mom isn’t worth more of your time…but wouldn’t you rather spend it having a drink with her?tuna-2It started with a pot of sushi rice and a loin of local Albacore tuna that I picked up at SouthRidge Farm Store here on Pender.

As the rice cooked, I rolled the tuna in a mixture of sesame seeds, chili flakes, sea salt and Bayou Seafood Blend from Red Stick Spice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I’ve raved about RSS`s spices before, and I just can`t stop!  Anne and her team scour the world for the highest quality spices, seasonings, teas and oils…and they ship, just in case you can’t get down there in person. You won’t get it in time for Sunday, so in the meantime, use a pinch of cayenne.

I seared the two halves of my tuna loin in a hot pan brushed with vegetable oil for a couple of minutes on each side, until the outer flesh was just starting to turn opaque. When it was done, I removed it to a cutting board to rest for a few minutes before slicing about 1/2″ thick. (You can sear the tuna ahead of time, allow it to cool and then wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.)

Next up was the ponzu sauce, which is pretty much required for seared tuna around here. Simply mix 1 part each of soya sauce, mirin, rice vinegar and fresh lemon juice and you’re done.

Then I tossed a few baby greens with a bit of olive oil and some of that ponzu…a quick easy dressing!

I had some local sugar snap peas as well, and took a couple of minutes to release the bigger peas from their pods. A few pods, a few peas (both steamed) on each plate made for a bit of variety….which, of course, is the spice of life.

Easy peasy, but impressive enough for even the most culinary styling mom. And the clean-up goes pretty quickly too.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there!