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Seared Tuna Steaks with Citrusy Soy Sauce

A former Greek philosophy professor, Abe Schoener of The Scholium Project in Suisun Valley, California, has a cult following for his experimental methods. One of Schoener's famous wines is The Prince in His Caves, a Sauvignon Blanc he ferments on its skins, then ages in oak. Wine director John Locke of Soif in Santa Cruz, California, thinks the luscious, funky wine is best with funky flavors, like in the citrusy soy sauce here.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • One 3-inch strip of lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Four 4-ounce tuna steaks, 1 inch thick
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, mirin, shallot, jalapeño, orange juice, lemon zest and juice, sugar and coriander. Simmer over moderate heat until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Strain the sauce.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Season the tuna with salt and pepper. Cook over high heat for 1 minute per side. Transfer the tuna to a platter and let rest for 1 minute; thickly slice and serve with the sauce.

Suggested Pairing

Edgy Wine Passion fruit–scented orange wine.

Accessible Wine Ripe, melon-scented Chenin Blanc–Viognier blend.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published February 2011

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