Fresh tuna gently pan fried and baked in the oven. A light meat that can be teamed with a salad or vegetables with the key to the flavour and texture being in the cooking. It is different to the canned tuna and has a flavour quite similar to chicken. Most of my family don’t normally eat fish but they do love this home cooked tuna that is bought fresh from the local wholesale markets.
Ensure you purchase a lovely fresh piece of tuna. This piece will serve 3 or 4 people depending on serving size. I like to serving size small and fill the rest of the plate with baked vegetables and fresh salad.
Place your washed tuna into a hot pan that has a drizzle of olive oil in it. Sprinkle the top of the tuna with sea salt and black pepper. Let the tuna sizzle for just a couple of minutes and then turn over and cook the second side for the same amount of time.
Now place the tuna into an oven dish and cook uncovered in a 180 degree celsius oven for 10 to 15 minutes. It will depend on the oven you have and once you have cooked the tuna for the first time you will know how long to cook it for. Remove the tuna from the oven and place on a lovely serving plate or board. Slice the tuna gently as in the picture above and let it sit for 5 minutes as it just finishes cooking. It should be quite pink in the middle when it is removed from the oven and then when it is rested and ready to be served it will just have a small amount of pink in the centre.
I hope you enjoy this lovely dish. We have it only about once a month and it is a real treat for everyone.
This is a lovely fresh coleslaw that you could serve with the tuna.
These are examples of delicious vegetable dishes that would go nicely with the freshly cooked tuna.