This seared tuna with green beans recipe is a favorite for a fancy dinner at home. It has been our go to choice for Valentines dinner or birthdays for the past 10 years. My pictures below aren’t the best. iPhone shots will have to do. Since we are usually celebrating, I haven’t let a photo shoot with my good camera to take over those events. It is a great recipe though.
Finding good quality tuna is .the trickiest part. We have a fish market in our neighborhood which helps. They have tuna which is flash frozen on the fishing boat. Since the tuna that we have available is sushi grade, we prefer to sear it and keep the fish rare inside. A minute per side is all that it takes to cook. If the tuna wasn’t as high a quality, we would cook it a bit more. Three minutes on each side would be fully cook the inside until it is opaque.
Green beans are a nice compliment. Beans add some good color, and the marinade for the tuna makes for a tasty sauce. Rice or mashed potatoes also are good additions. For all of the sides, make sure to prepare them before you sear the tuna since it cooks pretty fast. Also you will not want to be splashing water near the skillet. It will spit hot oil all over if you do, and that can be dangerous.
Tongs are helpful to keep your hands away from the oil as you add the tuna to the pan. Tongs also help can be used to hold the tuna as you quickly sear the sides. You can stack the tuna steaks together as a you sear the sides.
To assemble the plates, we add a portion of mashed potatoes or rice. Then the tuna goes on top of that. The beans can either be set on the side of the plate or on top of the tuna.
We have paired several wines with this dish. A Pinot Noir or red light red Burgundy are good compliments. In the summer we will sometimes pick a dry rose.