Cooking is not something that comes naturally – it’s a skill that’s developed over time just like anything else. Once you familiarize yourself with the tools of the trade and feel comfortable in a kitchen you’re more able to “throw” a satisfying and delicious meal together with what you have on hand.
Over the years I’ve actually set cooking goals for myself such as becoming a grilling expert so I didn’t have to rely on my husband to do it or finding and developing more creative ways to cook fish. I’ve posted several fish recipes that are part of my growing repertoire of fish preparations – here’s another quick and easy one that I hope you’ll enjoy.
Ahi tuna, also known as yellow fin or big eye tuna, is a meaty fish best served rare to medium-rare like a premium beef steak. Even though a well-done ahi steak is about as unappetizing to me as a well-done beef steak to beef lovers, there are people who prefer them cooked through.
Grilled Tuna with Ginger-Lime Sauce
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, grated
¼ c. low-sodium soy sauce
¼ c. extra-vigin olive oil
¼ t. agave nectar, stevia, or sugar*
handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
Kosher or sea salt and pepper
1. 5 pounds ahi tuna, cut into 4 – 1″ thick pieces
Whisk all the sauce ingredients together, add kosher or sea salt and pepper to taste.
*I used the juice of a “Cutie” mandarin orange instead of one of the sweeteners listed. Also, cilantro can be substituted for basil if you’re a cilantro lover!
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat or you can use a indoor grill pan preheated over med-high heat.
Season tuna generously with salt and freshly ground pepper. Brush with olive oil (mixed with a bit of cayenne or Japanese togarashi spice if you like a little heat :-)). Place on the hot grill and sear for 2 minutes on each side for medium rare.
Spoon the sauce over the fish and serve immediately.
Notes: I’ve been very conscious about buying only sustainable fish. If you’re confused by this term, here’s a good source that contains a list and explains what sustainable means. Also, for many years I’ve substituted Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (pictured above) for soy sauce.