Monday, August 8, 2011

Sesame Soy Marinated Tuna

When you want a really quick, easy dinner, it doesn't get much better than having fish. This tuna takes about 5 minutes to put together, and even though it needs to marinate, you can work around it. I've often marinated the tuna overnight. It's even easy enough to do in the morning if you can set aside a couple of minutes. If you want to make your life simpler, you can use a pre-minced ginger and garlic, like Gourmet Garden, and spare yourself the chopping and grating.

There have been a few occasion when I've even taken this fish on a camping trip. I just put it in a Ziploc bag, leave it in the cooler, and grill it when hunger strikes. It's a nice change to the usual hot dogs and chili, and in my mind it justifies me eating lots of s'mores later in the evening. If you're making this at home, you can make some extra marinade, or reserve some from the main batch before adding the fish, and drizzle it over the tuna before you serve it. It's really flavorful on its own, but if you're a person who loves sauce, that would  be the way to go. If you like your food spicier, add some crushed red pepper flakes or finely chopped jalapeños to the marinade.

Serves 4

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 to 1 1/2 pounds tuna (4 fillets)

Combine everything except the tuna in a flat bottomed container and mix well. Add the tuna and cover well with the marinade. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Heat a grill to high and cook the tuna for about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Cooking time depends a lot on the thickness of your fish, so aim for a shorter grill time if you have a skinny fillet. Sear the fish on both sides and keep the middle of the fish raw, but warmed through.

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