Saturday, February 12, 2011
This is another favorite recipe of ours that I have not blogged about yet. We have been making this cream sauce for tuna since 2002. It is that good!! It was found on Epicurious at that time. In the past, we have even used this sauce on salmon. Today, we vary it somewhat, because a trip to the big city was just not in the cards. So, instead of fresh shiitake mushrooms which I saw last week at Whole Foods....darn...we are using Portobellos which are really, just as tasty.
The recipe is for 6, but we are cutting it down for the two of us. Other than changing the mushrooms, we follow it exactly and it is always a winner!!
Pan-Seared Tuna with Ginger-Shiitake Cream Sauce
6 6-ounce tuna steaks, each about 1 inch thick
2 tablespoons peanut oil
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
4 garlic cloves, chopped
8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Preheat over to 200 degrees F. Sprinkle one side of tuna steaks with pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy, large skillet over high heat. Place tuna steaks, pepper side down in hot oil and sear 2 minutes. Turn tuna over and continue cooking to desired doneness, about 2 minutes for rare. Transfer tuna to rimmed baking sheet to keep warm in oven.
Add butter, sliced green onions, cilantro, ginger and chopped garlic to same skillet and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Mix in mushrooms and soy sauce and simmer 30 seconds. Add whipping cream and simmer until sauce lightly coats back of spoon, about 3 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Spoon sauce onto plates; arrange tuna atop sauce. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro springs, if desired.
The Trout says this sauce would taste great on anything. I know some of you do not like cilantro. I truly believe there is no substitute for this herb. As you can see by the photo, we did throw in a few shrimp because we just love them!!
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