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Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Ginger Cream
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Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Ginger Cream

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
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Hosea Rosenberg created this quickly seared tuna recipe in 2001, when he was head chef at Boulder's Dandelion restaurant. It immediately became his dad's favorite dish. He spikes the ginger cream with Sriracha, the spicy red Thai chile sauce.

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  1. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  2. 1/2 cup thinly sliced peeled ginger
  3. 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  6. 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  7. 2 tablespoons mirin
  8. 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  9. 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
  10. 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  11. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  12. Six 6-ounce, 1-inch-thick tuna steaks
  13. 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  14. Glass Noodle Stir-Fry
  1. In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the ginger, onion and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes. Add the vinegar, orange juice, mirin, wine and Sriracha and simmer until the liquid is almost evaporated, 10 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until reduced by half, 15 minutes. Strain the sauce, season with salt and pepper; keep warm.
  2. Season the tuna with salt and pepper and coat both sides with the sesame seeds. In a nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the tuna; cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until the sesame seeds are browned and the tuna is medium-rare, 5 minutes. Slice the tuna 1/3 inch thick and serve with the ginger cream and Glass Noodle Stir-Fry.

Suggested Pairing

This tuna recipe is quite substantial and needs an equally full-bodied wine. Pinot Gris from Oregon tends to be rich in fruit but has enough acidity to stand up to the lively dish.

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