If you always end up grilling tuna steaks because you can’t decide what else to do with them, here’s a quick dinner idea that’s both easy and deliciously satisfying.
Before cooking, the tuna is briefly marinated in ponzu sauce (available in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets). Ponzu is similar to light soy sauce, but with a slightly sweet, delicate citrus flavor. It accents the tuna perfectly and pairs well with the mandarin oranges in the dish.
Makes 2 servings of Orange Tuna with Snow Peas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
- 8 oz of tuna steak
- 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce (see Cook's Note)
- 2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 1 large)
- 4 oz snow pea pods, stems trimmed
- 1/2 of a small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
- Salt and pepper
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
- 1-2 tablespoons slivered almonds
Cut the tuna into approximately 1/2 inch cubes and place in a bowl. Mix in the ponzu sauce and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok (or large sauté pan) over high heat. Drain the tuna and stir-fry until the pieces are lightly browned (about 2 minutes; be careful not to overcook.) Remove the tuna and set aside.
Add the onions, snow peas, and red peppers to the pan. Stir-fry until the vegetables are just tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the green onions, tuna, and oranges. Stir gently just to combine and serve, topped with slivered almonds.
Cook's Note: If you can't find ponzu sauce, add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of lemon juice to 2 tablespoons of low-sodium (lite) soy sauce and mix well.