Tuesday, July 02, 2013

ahi tuna and citrus salad

I am so not a fish fan.  It takes a lot for me to eat it and usually when I do it eat, I have to choke it down.  It is one of those foods I hated as a child and never grew to love.  

I have a few exceptions to my non-seafood-loving tastes and one of these exceptions is ahi tuna {also tuna sushi, salmon sushi, scallops, and that's it!}.

I often buy a small tuna steak and sear it for about two minutes a side and serve with my favorite Trader Joe's potstickers.  Last week I decided to put the tuna on a salad and added sliced avocados and oranges.  It was perfectly sweet and salty and made a nice little lunch.

ahi tuna and citrus salad {serves two}
-one large orange
-one small avocado or 1/2 of a large one
-2 tablespoons of soy sauce
-6-8 ounce ahi tuna steak
-salad greens
-salt and pepper

1. Drizzle a little canola or olive oil in a heavy saute pan and allow it to get super hot.  While the pan is heating, sprinkle salt and pepper on one side of the tuna steak.  Put the tuna in the hot pan {salt and pepper side down} and sprinkle salt and pepper on the side facing up.  

Cook for about two minutes, flip, and cook for another two minutes.  I like my ahi super pink in the middle...practically raw.  If you prefer it a little more cooked just leave it in the pan for a minute or two more on each side.

2. Remove the tuna from the pan and let cool for a minute while you assemble the salad.

3. On a plate, pile salad greens, orange sections, and avocado slices.  If you have never sectioned an orange before, here is a simple video which will show you how to do so...it's super easy.

4. Reserve the orange peels and zest them over the salad.  Finally, drizzle a tablespoon or two of soy sauce over the salad and top with thinly sliced ahi.  

If you need more dressing on your salad, whisk together a little orange juice and soy sauce - it's so good!


  1. oh.my.drool.

    going to have to make this!
    I do like fish-- you're kind of forced to up here-- and fish in salad is divine.
    try salmon in salad sometimes-- like a caesar salad with salmon, rather than chicken.

    1. you know, I really don't like cooked salmon. I only can eat it raw. I find that most fish gets a stronger flavor when it is cooked because the oils are developed. I think that's why I prefer sushi :).

  2. This looks delicious and I might give it a try! I'm actually not a big tuna fan.. but I am totally with you on salmon and scallops!

  3. This picture looks almost like a rare pork chop:


    I don't eat any land-based meat anymore, and have been craving something like this. Thank you for the inspiration.


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