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Monday, March 7, 2011

Five Spice Powder Seared Ahi Tuna and Wasabi Dressing Salad


Thank you for all the support with the accident I had! I'm feeling much better and am able to do more stuff but still have to take it easy.

I also would like to shout out my interview with Nancy at Spicie Foodie on her favorite foodie series. Please hop out to her blog and check it out. It's no harm to get to know me better right? (tee hee). I want to thank you Nancy for the opportunity, motivation, and friendship.

As it's not convenient for me to cook and take pictures, I will use the old dish I made on Valentine's day this year and haven't got a chance to share. I had been wanting to get my hands on seared tuna. Luckily, on V-day at my favorite grocery store they had fresh Ahi tuna. When you make seared seafood, you need to make sure you get a fresh piece. You will be eating partially raw fish! Make sure you shop at a trustworthy place for your seafood.

Five Spice powder is inspired by Lazaro's dish he made. I added it to black pepper and salt for the rub. Wasabi dressing went beautifully with the tuna. The tangy came from lime juice and rice vinegar and the mustard flavor from wasabi. This is a healthy meal and fast on weekdays. Plus, it's a bomb on our menu list now!

Five Spice Powder Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Dressing Salad
Yield: 4


1 lb fresh Ahi tuna
1 tsp five spice powder
1 tbs black pepper
2 tsp sea salt
1-2 tbs canola oil or any oil that has high boiling point

Wasabi dressing:
1-2 limes, juice
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp wasabi powder or 2 tsp wasabi paste
1/2 tbs honey
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
olive oil

  • Pat your fish dry with paper towel.
  • Mix five spice powder, salt, and pepper to make a rub.
  • Coat tuna with the rub on both sides
  • Heat up the skillet to medium heat and add oil.
  • When the oil and pan is hot, place the fish on the skillet. This will take only a few mins because we only sear the fish. When it starts to cook, flip to the other side. Don't over cook it. We need the middle to be raw. Set aside and cover with foil.
  • Mix everything together and whisk well. Correct to taste. Feel free to add more of honey, lime juice, or soy sauce to suite your taste.
  • Sprinkle the dressing on spring mix green and any kind of green you like. I added sliced cucumber and radish. I also put croutons on the salad too.
  • Slice the seared tuna carefully (so you will have beautiful pieces on your plate); using a sharp knife.
  • Arrange salad on your plate and top with sliced tuna. Sprinkle dressing on top.

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Pacheco Patty said...

Hey Tanantha, this is just how I like my tuna cooked,,yum, it looks perfect to me and with the salad even better.
I hope you are feeling better, sorry about your accident;-(
Your interview was great at Nancy's. The photos of your food look delicious and so you!
Take care of yourself this week;-)

Anonymous said...

Perfectly cooked tuna, sounds wonderfully flavorful with five spice, and I love the idea of the wasabi dressing! Glad you are better and hope you are all healed up very soon!

Molly said...

Oh wow, this looks amazing! I think the first time I had the tuna and wasabi combination was the summer after I graduated high school and my parents took us to the Cape. I had a sandwich in Provincetown I'll never forget. Thanks for the memories.

Roxan said...

T - glad to hear you're feeling better. I take it you're feeling a lot better since you're able to type now! ;] Still sucks though, that must have been so painful. I'm lucky that I've never gotten seriously injured snowboarding - yet. I try to be careful though.

This ahi looks good! You seared it perfectly. I made seared ahi once - it was ok but could have been cooked a little less.

Lazaro Cooks! said...

What a fantastic tuna dish. Perfect execution on the cooking. Great recipe and fantastic photos.


Hope you are feeling better everyday.

LeQuan said...

Hi Tanantha!

I wanted to leave a comment on your last post, but I guess you turned off your comments for that post. I kept checking back to make sure it wasn't by mistake. Then I tried looking for you on twitter, but couldn't find you. Anyways, I just wanted to say I feel so bad for you and I hope you have a quick and painless recovery. You looked so cute in the last picture (on the last post), but too bad it had to be with a cast on :(. Hope you are doing much better.

Your tuna salad is gorgeous. I've never tried tuna with 5 spice powder before, what a great choice of ingredient. Your tuna is seared perfectly - just beautiful. Well done on the plating. Heading over to Nancy's blog now. Have a great week, and take good care!

A little bit of everything said...

Glad to hear you are better and hope you are all healed up very soon!
The tune is perfectly cooked and what a great addition, the wassabi dressing. Thanks for sharing Tanantha

Angie's Recipes said...

A perfectly prepared tuna! Love 5spice crust.

Magic of Spice said...

What a gorgeous sear and salad...I adore wasabi :) Loved your interview at Nancy's, and I hope your elbow is healing well...

Medifast Coupon Code 2011 said...

Did you ever do a nice job with this tuna, it looks wonderful.

Spicie Foodie said...

Hi Tanantha, I'm glad that you are doing better :) Tis seared tuna is one of the best and most delicious tuna recipes I have ever seen. I love both five spice and wasabi and together with the tuna the must have been amazing.

(Thanks for allowing me to interview, and to get to know you more:) hugs)

Jessie said...

Hey Tanantha! I hope your elbow is feeling much better - I can't believe you're posting with a sprain! You are one tough cookie!

I'm a big fan of seared ahi tuna, although I've never tried it with 5 spice powder. What a great idea! With the wasabi, I'll bet it makes a delicious dish with bold flavors that would wake me right up :)

Now, make sure yourself heal, you crazy gal you :) Take care! xoxo

Evan @swEEts said...

What a beautiful dish Tanantha! When would you like to come over and have dinner with MM and I!? This sounds like a fabulous Valentines dinner.. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better!

Lin Ann said...

Ohhh, I'm sorry about your accident. Hope you heal well and quickly! Your tuna looks perfect and that is the type of salad or meal I love to eat! Congrats on Top 9!!!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

You know I couldn't leave a comment on FB, just wanted so say congrats, and I loved your interview over at Nancy's. Love ahi, I could eat it every day. Hope you have a great week.

She's Cookin' said...

Gorgeous dish, Tanantha! Perfectly seared and combined with the flavors of five-spice and wasabi dressing - sooo delicious! Love the contrasting colors of deep red tuna draped over a fresh green salad, too. Hope each day brings you closer to 100% :)

Lauren said...

WOW, This looks absolutely amazing!! I really wish this was my lunch. GREAT work

Sarah said...

oh wow-i think I know what I am making this weekend!

Monet said...

Oh I am so glad that you are feeling better. My thoughts are with you as you continue to heal! And this tuna? So tasty! Thank you for sharing this delicious meal. I hope you have a beautiful weekend. Thanks for getting mine off to a great start!

Stella said...

Yum, Tanantha! That salad is so beautiful. It really is tempting, as your tuna looks perfectly seared. I love that...
Glad your'e feeling better btw. Oh, and I wanted to tell you that I saw your interview over at Nancy's, and I totally agree with you about the comment thing (smile but seriously).

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing - all my taste buds are jumping to attention just reading the ingredient list!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks really lovely. yum! thank you for sharing this.

denise @ bread expectations said...

Perfectly cooked tuna and the wasabi dressing is a beautiful pairing with it! Great photos too, as usual :)

Sorry to hear about your accident and I hope you are much better now. Congrats on being featured at Spicie Foodie.

denise @ bread expectations said...

Perfectly cooked tuna and the wasabi dressing is a beautiful pairing with it! Great photos too, as usual :)

Sorry to hear about your accident and I hope you are much better now. Congrats on being featured at Spicie Foodie.

denise @ bread expectations said...

Perfectly cooked tuna and the wasabi dressing is a beautiful pairing with it! Great photos too, as usual :)

Sorry to hear about your accident and I hope you are much better now. Congrats on being featured at Spicie Foodie.

denise @ bread expectations said...

oops! sorry about the multipost :P

LindaLyell said...

This is an absolutely beautiful presentation. Can't wait to try it! Love your blog!

Miranda Taylor said...

It looks beautiful and delicious! Can't wait to try this!

Farida said...

Wow, this so great recipe for Ahi Tuna and i wanna to try it for dinner soon, thanks for share.


Emily @ said...

This is so beautiful and looks delicious! Seared tuna is one of my favorite meals - I like having it with wasabi mashed potatoes, but your salad looks very light and refreshing! Will have to try!

Carol said...

I'm so sorry about your accident. This recipe looks delicious. Definitely trying this out over the weekend!

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