Friday, January 23, 2015

FFWD ~ Spice Crusted Tuna

FFWD ~ Spice Crusted Tuna
One more fish dish for French Friday…this has been one heck of a fishy month! This week it’s Spice Crusted Tuna!  As luck would have it, I was on Long Island last weekend for my twin grandsons' birthday! Long Island, home to wonderfully fresh seafood! I was able to secure two absolutely gorgeous sushi grade tuna steaks, from a fabulous seafood store. They were not cheap, at 24.99 a pound, I was glad I only needed two steaks. Cor J’s is well known on the Island!  They are a wholesale seafood supplier to many of the high-end restaurants! They are also extremely accommodating and helpful!  These fishmongers know their stuff!

A delightful dinner 
The recipe is simple, and super quick to prepare! Mixing the spice mixture was pretty straightforward. I cut the amount in half because I was only doing two steaks. Smash the seeds from about six cardamom pods, a teaspoon of white peppercorns, a teaspoon of coriander seeds, two thin slices of fresh ginger, chopped, and fleur de sel in a mortar. Press the mixture onto the lightly oiled tuna steaks, and sear in a very hot fry pan for two minutes on each side. Since my husband and I are not fond of very heavily spiced dishes, I chose to go lightly on the amount of spice I sprinkled onto the fish.  These were absolutely wonderful!! Another five star meal at home! Happy Friday everyone!!

Although this is pretty much a non-recipe, it can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”. To see what the other Doristas thought of this one, check it out here.

Spicing up the flavor of this amazing fish!
Fresh beautiful tuna
Smashing the spices
Searing the tuna
A five star meal served in my kitchen
This was fabulous! 
Love this place
Michelle, my very helpful fishmonger
Shellfish a-plenty
It can’t get any fresher!

23 comments:

  1. Glad you both enjoyed---what a great fish market! I need to get Bill to graduate past salmon :)

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  2. That looks so FRESH and scrumptious!

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  3. Love all your pictures, Kathy. You are really becoming a Pro. When I saw your picture of Michelle, your fishmonger, on Facebook last week, it inspired me to go back into my photo archives to find my Sanary-sur-Mer fishmongers. Thank you for walking me through some wonderful memories this past week. I am learning to like 'spicy", thanks to Penzey's and Yotam Ottolenghi, so I piled them on. Like Liz, I wish I had gone for 90 seconds a side rather than 2 minutes. Your plate looks beautiful.

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  4. Amazing pictures! And lovely looking fish. Happy to hear that you enjoyed it and hope you are enjoying the birthday party.

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  5. I have fish envy Kathy! Yours looks great.

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  6. This was delish, wasn't it. And how lucky you were to get fresh seafood!

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  7. Ok Kathy, your photography makes me want to cry each week. Love it! You made a really beautiful plate Kathy! Your Bill should be so, so, so grateful! :) I hope it was the yummiest thing ever!

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  8. It's so nice having a fish market readily available, isn't it?!

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  9. I love the cut of tuna they gave you. It cooks so nicely when it's thin.. really beautiful.

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  10. Oh that tuna is gorgeous! Pretty, pretty! The entire plate is also gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

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  11. Fresh fish I one of the things I miss mot about ou live in New England and the East Coast. Your tuna looks beautiful! And good fish IS really expensive.

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  12. I am so jealous of your trip to that fish store. We don't have a good one around here at all. That looks like a beautiful piece of fish. I'm glad you both enjoyed this one!

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  13. Beautiful presentation, Kathy. The best I can do for a fish monger is Wegmans's, not bad, but not New York either.

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  14. Love your sharing the info about the Cor J, so interesting and loved the photos (feel like I went on a field trip !). Can you believe that growing up in Staten Island and then Central NJ, I have never been to Eastern Long Island ? Crazy. I made it mid way out about a year ago for a training class and work and saw nothing local. I think I need to do a road trip with Nana to go check out the Barefoot Contessa's stomping grounds, even though I know she doesn't have the shop anymore. Now I will know where to stop for fish too - LOL. By the way, your photos are always gorgeous but I really did like the one that you added of the spices on the board - very lovely. And congrats to the little twins on their special day :)

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  15. Gorgeous fish, Kathy, both raw and cooked. The non-recipe recipes in AMFT are my favorites too. I can't wait to try this again with other kinds of fish. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  16. What beautiful seafood shots! I used to eat tuna a lot, then I lost my source. Must look into finding a new one!

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  17. Great pictures of the seafood market. I am glad that you were able to get some quality tuna. Looks like it made a lovely, fancy meal. I am enjoying my make-ups. See you next Friday.

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  18. Your photos are gorgeous! And how wonderful to be able to buy such fresh tuna at a wonderful fish market. Fresh seafood is something I really miss now that I live in a land-locked state.

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  19. Everyone is right - all of your practice is really showing through in your photos. Beautiful.
    That fish looks stunning.
    Stay safe throughout the snowpocalypse!

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  20. What delicious photos of this fish, the dish in all looks warming and very tasty!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  21. Love your fish dinner and the interesting fish market scene!

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  22. I'm so bummed that I missed out on so many seafood recipes! Oh, well. I'll just circle back to these at our next meat ffwD assignment. Great to be back! Missed reading your posts!

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  23. I love the presentation - how fun to get to select your tuna from a fish monger too! Living in the desert we don't have that opportunity, closest we get is the local Whole Foods.

    Happy Almost Friday!

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