A gourmet meal doesn't have to be hard or even time consuming. I wanted to make a special dinner for my husband, Darryl and myself, but didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing and cleaning up. I had purchased a 3 pack of Ahi Tuna steaks that were just chillin' in the freezer, so I knew that would be the perfect protein to build on. I went to go old Pinterest, to look for a seared Ahi tuna recipe and I found one posted by grilllovers.org. I posted the a link and the my version of the recipe below.
Our sides included an Asian Salad, thanks to a delicious bag mix that I picked up from Aldi. It was a cabbage, romaine mix that included the dressing, almond slices and crunchy cracker bits. Talk about an easy side salad. The other side that I made was my version of Shanghai Cucumbers. We tried this simple dish at P.F. Changs a few years ago, and I've included my version of the recipe below too.
SPICY SWEET SAVORY SEARED AHI TUNA
2lbs Ahi Tuna steaks
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp - 1/4 cup wasabi powder (I used about 1 tsp - because neither of us like a lot of spice)
YumYum Sauce (Terry Ho's brand)
1. Combine soy sauce, honey and wasabi powder. Marinade the tuna steaks for 1 hour.
2. After marinade, coat the tuna in sesame seeds. Sear steaks on a very hot grill (or skillet) for only
about 40 seconds per side. Remove and wrap in aluminum foil for 5 minutes.
3. Slice thin and serve with a drizzle with teriyaki sauce and YumYum sauce.
1. Peel slice cucumbers semi-thin
2. Pour soy sauce over cucumbers (the amount depends on your taste)
3. Add sesame seeds and stir
4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
As you can see these recipes are super easy and not time consuming at all. It was delicious and my husband was pleasantly surprised. Let me know if you try the recipes and how you liked them, or if you put your own spin on it. I'm always looking for great ideas for easy and tasty dinners.