Last night I had to figure out dinner quickly. I had a nice Sashimi grade Ahi tuna steak, a bag of Wild Arugula and a new can of La Tourangelle Sesame Oil ($6.99 at Home Goods, normally upwards of $9). I wasn’t sure how Arugula would taste with a sesame vinaigrette. Arugula is like a spicy 45 year old Italian woman and the sesame dressing is like a 22 year old Thai cabana boy/underwear model. He took the edge right off of Ms. Arugula, made her blush and didn’t water down her sassiness.
I won’t bore you with more tuna/arugula prose. Make this dish for your dish and I can almost guarantee dessert will follow.
TONNO ALA OSAKA – serves 2
(Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame Mayo over Arugula Salad with Sesame vinaigrette and brown rice)
One Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna steak (can be found at Trader Joe’s… make sure you buy it soon after it is packed – should smell fresh and bounce back to the touch)
Cast iron grill pan or regular frying pan
Wild Arugula – half of a bag revived with cool water
2 T Toasted Sesame Oil
1 T Rice Vinegar
1 t Soy Sauce
(you may add a little fresh chopped ginger if you would like and salt and pepper too, but it is not necessary)
2 T Mayonnaise
1 T Toasted Sesame Oil
1 t Low Sodium Soy Sauce
(mix with fork until the color of sadness)
Heat the bejeezus out of your pan with a little canola oil – pan is hot when a teeny droplet of water sizzles
Sear ALL sides of the tuna for about a minute.. you will have to hold the tuna with your hands to do the narrow sides. Tongs will ruin your fish.
(it is really important that every exposed side of your tuna is seared, however the middle should be raw)
slice your tuna once down the middle creating two long rectangles. then slice to create 1/4 inch slices.
Whisk vinaigrette and taste to see if you need more of any ingredient, toss the Arugula with the dressing.
Microwave Trader Joe’s Organic Brown rice for 3 minutes with a corner cut off. You may use Jasmine rice as well, but I love the nuttiness of the brown rice, not to mention the 3 minute factor.
Plate a little mound of rice, a little clump of Arugula, several pieces of tuna and a little drizzle of sesame mayo.