Seared Tuna Steaks with Watercress Chilli Salad

    1 hour 35 minutes

    This is a way of serving tuna steaks on a bed of watercress with Thai flavours such as lime, chilli and ginger.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
    • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
    • 1/2 fresh red chilli, seeded and minced
    • 1 bunch coriander, stems and leaves separated
    • 2 (250g) tuna steaks
    • 1 bunch watercress, trimmed
    • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1/2 fresh red chilli, cut into matchsticks

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Extra time:1hour marinating  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. Whisk together the ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Slowly whisk in olive oil until incorporated. Set aside and refrigerate half of this mixture to be used as a salad dressing later. Whisk the garlic, lime zest, minced chilli pepper and coriander stems into the marinade. Coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature.
    2. Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed frypan over medium-high heat. Once the frypan is very hot, remove the tuna from the marinade and place into the frypan. Sear the tuna until golden brown on both sides, and cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium, depending on thickness.
    3. Place the watercress in a large bowl with the coriander leaves, cherry tomatoes and sliced chilli pepper. Pour in the reserved dressing and toss to mix. Serve the seared tuna on a bed of salad.

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    Added the amounts for the olive oil, and included ginger in the directions.  -  29 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    The flavor is there, but the directions were incomplete . . . missing steps for including the ginger, so I added it after the fact to the marinade, dressing & on the salad itself. There was no quantity listed for the olive oil, so I think my guess of 3/4 cup was too much. I will try it again because the tuna turned out really good and flavorful.  -  28 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe was SO good and SO easy! My husband loves seared tuna, and I've been looking for a raw watercress recipe, so this was the one for us. Everyone in the family liked it, even my 1 and 3 year old boys... I cooked my husband's rare, but liked that I could cook mine and the boys a little longer... easy peasy!  -  07 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)