A few weeks ago our local Whole Foods had a weekend sale on Tuna Steaks. For $8.99 a pound I figured it was worth a shot to try making it myself and that it would make a great date night dinner after work if I succeeded. If I failed, well, it could just go down in the annals of history as a fail. When I thought about what would go well with the tuna steak I immediately thought of wasabi. Whole Food only had a wasabi powder which did not bode well for my “hurry up” meal but an employee suggested I get some packets over at sushi in the prepared foods. SCORE! I grabbed 2 packets and had a plan. Tuna Steak with a Wasabi Lime Aoli and pineapple became an easy date nigh dinner.
I never order tuna. I’m just not a fan of raw or almost raw meats, though I occasionally will try a bite. I heated up the cast iron griddle with a little coconut oil, put a little kosher salt and pepper on the tuna and seared it on both sides for about 4 minutes per side. This cooked the tuna the whole way through but left it flavorful and moist. The hint of coconut oil was perfect.
While the tuna was searing I took 2 packets of wasabi (approximately 1 teaspoon all together) and whisked it into 1/4 cup mayonnaise and the juice from 1/2 lime. After I pulled the tuna out I sprinkled the slices of pineapple with a little raw sugar and caramelized them on each side in the hot pan for a few minutes. The juices from the tuna and oil added the perfect finishing touch to the light sweetness of perfectly ripened pineapple.
In 20 minutes I had a gorgeous plate ready to serve for our in-house date night, making it a perfect easy gourmet meal for two after a tiring work day. This would be beautiful plated on top a mixed greens salad and the wasabi lime aoli would be all the dressing you need.
What is your favorite date night meal?
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