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Super Easy Fancy Meal

A pan-seared tuna in a pepper-sesame-lime crust.

This is my go-to impressive dinner. It isn’t hard at all, but people seem to think it’s something special.

You will need:

  • Two medium to large sized tuna steaks. Ahi tuna is great.
  • Two limes
  • sesame seeds
  • ground black pepper
  • cilantro (dried or fresh)
  • basil (dried or fresh)
  • ginger (powdered)
  • cayenne pepper
  • coarse salt (kosher salt works well)
  • olive oil
  • sesame oil

The most expensive bit of this meal is the tuna. If you like your tuna mostly raw like I do, that it is very important to find something that is good quality and as fresh as possible. If you can, don’t buy the tuna until the day you plan on cooking the meal.

Also, keep in mind that this recipe is an estimation of my “add this and this until it tastes right” method of cooking, and does not need to be followed exactly.

Dry Bowl:

Completely zest two limes. If you don’t have a zester a fine cheese grater will work.

Add in all of the following and mix it up

3 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 Tbsp ground black pepper

2 Tbsp cilantro (dried or chopped fresh)

1 Tbsp basil (dried or chopped fresh)

1 tsp powdered ginger

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp coarse salt

Wet Bowl:

Add everything together, and stir before dunking the pieces of tuna, as it will separate.

Juice from one of the limes you zested

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup sesame oil

(I’ve thought of adding a bit of tequila here, but haven’t actually tried it yet.)

Cut the tuna into strips that are an inch to two inches wide.

Dip each piece of tuna into the wet bowl, stirring it first.

Dip each piece of tuna into the dry bowl.

On a stove, heat up a pan to medium- high heat. Drizzle a little oil in the pan.

Drop each piece of tuna on the pan. Flip it when it suits your taste.

The tuna will be seared on the edges but raw in the middle if you let it sit for one minute on each side. at about three to four minutes on each side it will be cooked completely through. Cook according to your preference.

I recommend serving it with either a side of wilted spinach or a bed of fresh spinach or some other leafy green. Avocado also tastes great with it. Add a side dish of your favorite starchy food, your drink of choice and your fancy meal is complete.

3 replies on “Super Easy Fancy Meal”

I feel like I harp on this a lot, but please, please be careful about the seafood you buy, particularly tuna. Many tuna stocks are severely depleted, and longline fisheries kill sea turtles, birds, and other species. Some kinds of tuna are also high in mercury and PCBs. Seafood Watch and FishWise are good sources of information.

The recipe looks delicious, though, and apologies for the soap-boxing.

I was going to make braised short ribs and goat cheese creamy polenta for my boyfriend’s parents (if they ever decide they can handle having dinner in my lowly apartment, jeez), but this sounds really good, and maybe more warm weather appropriate. Thanks! I love these posts!

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