Seared Tuna with Papaya Salsa

Seared Tuna with Papaya Salsa Recipe
James Carrier
A fresh tropical fruit salsa is a welcome addition to peppery tuna steaks in this easy but stylish dish.


Makes 2 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 248
Caloriesfromfat 21 %
Protein 31 g
Fat 5.9 g
Satfat 1 g
Carbohydrate 18 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Sodium 55 mg
Cholesterol 57 mg


1 firm-ripe papaya (about 1 lb.)
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1 fresh jalapeño or serrano chili, rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tuna steaks (each 5 to 6 oz. and about 1 in. thick)*
2 teaspoons olive oil
Coarsely ground black pepper


1. Peel and seed papaya; cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

2. In a bowl, mix papaya, onion, chili, cilantro, and lime juice. Add salt to taste. Set aside while preparing fish or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

3. Rinse fish and pat dry. Coat both sides of steaks with oil and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Heat a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; add fish and cook, turning once, until opaque on both sides but still pink in the center (cut to test), 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer steaks to plates and spoon salsa over servings.

*Look for troll- or pole-caught Pacific albacore tuna; it's more sustainably fished than longline, and the fish have lower mercury levels. U.S. ahi is next best.

Gail Durant, Sisters, OR,


May 2003
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