January 4, 2008

Tuna with Lemongrass Sauce

Tuna with Orange, Ginger, and Lemongrass Sauce
from Bon Appetit (April 2000)

2 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced fresh lemongrass*
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce

4 6- to 7-ounce tuna steaks
Additional olive oil
8 teaspoons sesame seeds

Whisk 2 tablespoons orange juice and cornstarch in small bowl to blend. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, ginger, lemongrass, garlic and crushed red pepper; sauté until onion is light golden, about 3 minutes. Add 3/4 cup orange juice, stock and soy sauce and boil until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 4 minutes. Whisk in cornstarch mixture; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Brush tuna steaks with olive oil. Coat each side of each tuna steak with 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, pressing gently to adhere. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add tuna and cook until opaque in center, about 3 minutes per side. Bring sauce to simmer. Transfer tuna to plates. Serve with sauce.

*Available at Asian markets and in the produce section of some supermarkets.

Notes: This was good, but I wanted it to have a more pronounced citrus flavor. I'm thinking of adding some lemon zest next time around.

Posted by Jennifer at January 4, 2008 8:46 PM | TrackBack

It was good, but I thought the ginger and the red pepper flakes sort of overwhelmed the citrus flavors. Adding some lemon (or orange) zest sounds like a fine idea.

Posted by: Michael at January 4, 2008 9:06 PM

Then I KNOW I'll love it! I like Frank's Red Hot but always wtnaed to tell friends that I made the sauce myself. I'm in buffalo wing country and folks here love trying new sauces. I just haven't gotten around to experimenting yet.

Posted by: Gudrun at December 17, 2015 7:49 AM
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