The Salsa Verde is a perfect accompaniment; clean and fresh like a salad dressing, not too overpowering. I realise this sauce or dressing varies and mine is no exception to that rule. I tend to not use anchovies since many people don't like them. I however love the salty little things and could eat them almost everyday.
I am a big advocate of simplicity and so I like to have things like garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach on the side. There's something very pleasing about the contrasts of colour in the finished dish; the greenery with the white of the potato, the deep red streak through the middle of the tuna. Above all else though, it needs to taste good and this does.
What You Need:
2 x Tuna Steaks (about 6oz each is good)
Salt & Black Pepper
For The Salsa Verde:
For The Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
For The Sautéed Spinach:
Large Bunch Spinach (about 125g)
2 Cloves Garlic (finely sliced)
Salt & Black Pepper
- Place the spinach in a large pan of boiling water, cook until wilted for around 5 mins. Drain and remove excess water with kitchen paper, set to one side.
- Whisk to combine all ingredients for the salsa Verde, seasoning to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Rub the tuna steaks in a little olive oil, salt and cracked black pepper, set to one side.
- Make the mashed potatoes according to my recipe, and according to my notes above. Cover and set to one side.
- Sautee the spinach over a med/high heat in olive oil, with the sliced garlic. Sautee until the water evaporates from the spinach, being careful not to burn the garlic. Cover the pan and take off the heat.
- Heat a dry pan to med/high, place the tuna steaks in and sear on both sides for around 1- 1 ½ mins each side. You need to use your judgment here; it will vary according to the thickness of the steaks and the type of pan you use. If you watch the side edges of the tuna, you will notice the change in colour rising upwards. You need to try and leave a good pinky/red line along the centre. Also it is worth remembering that the fish will continue to cook when removed from the heat – less is more in other words.
- Place the tuna on your plate. Briefly re-whisk the salsa and spoon over the steak. Serve the mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach on the side.