This Thai influenced tuna steak with a light and aromatic salad is ideal for summer.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 large servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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 chile pepper, and cilantro stems into the marinade. Coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover, and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature.

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  • Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is very hot, remove the tuna from the marinade, and place into the skillet. 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.

  • Place the watercress in a large bowl with the cilantro leaves, cherry tomatoes, and sliced chile pepper. Pour in the reserved dressing, and toss to mix. Serve the seared tuna on a bed of salad.

Nutrition Facts

565 calories; protein 58.4g 117% DV; carbohydrates 17g 6% DV; fat 29.9g 46% DV; cholesterol 102.4mg 34% DV; sodium 889.5mg 36% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2008
Added the amounts for the olive oil and included ginger in the directions. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2008
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. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
05/28/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2008
Added the amounts for the olive oil and included ginger in the directions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
sooo good! tastes like the salad from a Thai restaurant. I would make this again with shrimp or chicken too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2010
I loved this recipe thank you Alex! I followed the recipe with few exceptions for personal preference. I omitted the sugar and used half olive oil and half sesame oil and about 5 cloves of garlic. This recipe required very little tweaking to make me love it and my fiancé OFFERED to clean the kitchen afterwards! I have also made this recipe a second time using big mouth bass and grilling over a hot fire. This is a keeper. Very versatile. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/20/2009
Not a fan. I made the salad dressing exactly as described and drizzled over my own mix of greens with seared ahi. I love salads and am by no means a picky eater. I couldn't eat the salad. My husband gave it a 'B' though stating the healthiness made up for the salad's lack of good flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2011
WOW!!! Really, really enjoyed this one. I did it over a bed of spring mix. Wish I would have put a little more salad in my bowl. It was full on full of flavor and a very nice light meal. I used a jalapeño because that is what I had on hand. The only thing I will do different next time is to do the fish in my cast iron skillet because I didn't get a good seer using my heavy bottomed skillet. Make sure it is HOT!! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2011
Great salad. Cooked to recipe. Wasn't sure about the watercress and cilantro salad but it isn't as overpowering as it sounds. Good Thai flavors very limey. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2011
Good dressing to start with for the tuna and the salad; however adding soy sauce wasabi paste really enhanced the flavor. Thanks Alex! Read More
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