I just love summer produce. It’s so nice to have most meals’ focus be fresh veggies from the farmer’s market or our garden, like this tuna dish. The potatoes, tomatillos, jalapeno, corn, and onion all came from either our backyard or from another local farmer. And, with using produce that is perfectly ripe and in season, the beauty is that you don’t have to do much with it to make it fabulous. It pretty much speaks for itself.
Seared Tuna with Spiced Potatoes and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
- 2 portions of fresh tuna
- about 3/4 pound of small potatoes – red, fingerling, etc; cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 teaspoon ground red pepper (or some other spice with some heat that you like to use)
- About 12 tomatillos, husks removed, cut into quarters
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 3 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
- 2 ears corn, shucked, and kernels cut from cob
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- juice of 1 lime
On a roasting pan, combine tomatillos, onion, jalapenos, and corn. Drizzle with some olive oil – maybe 1 to 2 tablespoons – and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 6 minutes. Stir and let roast for another 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 1o minutes.
At this point, put roasted veggies in a bowl and add cumin and lime. Stir and taste to see if needs any more salt or pepper. (I think some chopped fresh cilantro at this point would be a perfect addition, but I did not have any at home. Boo.)
Meanwhile, in another roasting pan, mix sliced potatoes with 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper, and the ground red pepper. Roast about 10 minutes and the give potatoes a stir. Let roast another 5 – 8 minutes or until tender.
Once salsa and potatoes are ready, cook fish. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat. Once pan is hot, add about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once olive oil is hot, add tuna. Let tuna sear on one about 2-3 minutes. If you are ready to turn tuna and its sticking, give it just a second more. When it has properly “seared”, it will release itself from the pan. Flip and sear on other side for another 2 minutes. At this point – about 5 ish minutes – your tuna will be at medium rare. Remove from heat and let rest a couple minutes.
Place potatoes on place and top with tuna. I like to cut my tuna on the diagonal to show off its pretty colors of seared brown outside and pink rare inside, but of course cutting it is not requred. Top with a couple spoonfuls of salsa, and you are good to go.