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Tuna with Asian Slaw

Photo: Quentin Bacon
Prep time 15 mins
Other time 10 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
  • 5 scallions (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 6-ounce tuna steaks (about 3/4 inch thick)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 269
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 8 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • cholesterol 78 mg
  • sodium 807 mg
  • carbohydrate 5 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • sugars 2 g
  • protein 41 g

How to Make It

  1. Working over a medium bowl, use a vegetable peeler to create long, thin strips of cucumber. Add the radishes, scallions, cilantro, vinegar, sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the black pepper and toss. Cover and refrigerate.

    Using the flat side of a knife or the bottom of a heavy pan, crush the coriander seeds and peppercorns.

    Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the remaining salt over the tuna and press some of the crushed coriander and pepper onto each side. Cook, turning once, until the tuna reaches the desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Divide the tuna among individual plates and serve with the Asian slaw.

    Tip: Coriander adds a fresh, almost sweet flavor to many dishes. Crush some extra coriander seeds and black peppercorns and use the mixture as a rub for steaks, pork chops, or firm fish, such as halibut and salmon.