I made these one day for lunch when I couldn’t find any protein in the fridge, then spotted cans of wild albacore tuna on the kitchen shelves. I always forget about canned fish and how tasty they are until moments like these when I run out of all the meats I can eat in the house. In reality, I do really need to incorporate more fish into my diet because of their health-boosting Omega-3s and nutrient density, but somehow it’s just never the first thought when I get hungry. I think it’s because I always ate them plain and would just get bored of them.
Until freakin’ now, folks… (so dramatic) These tuna patties are so ridiculously easy to make and so tasty, and you can even make the patties ahead of time as a time-saving trick!
You can eat the tuna patties on their own, or between two gluten free bread slices. I like it on a salad smothered with paleo mayonnaise and hot pepper flakes, but truth be told, I put those toppings on basically anything savory. These are also kid-friendly if you want to dial back on the hot sauce, and serve it with some ketchup. So many possibilities!
I’m kicking myself for all the times I never knew what to do with canned tuna, and would just mash it with some kind of fat to make a salad. No wonder I got bored of it! After making these tuna patties, no more lame old tuna salads for me for a while, because these are sooooo much better!
I cannot believe the first time I had a poke bowl was only a year ago. I’m actually a bit mad about it, because I’ve been missing out on this delicious dish all my life. It’s my new obsession, and if you like sushi and raw fish, you’ll love it as well.
Poke is a raw fish salad originating from Hawaii, so it makes sense that it’s popular in California and that’s where I discovered it. It’s savory and filled with umami, and the first time I had it, it felt like a combination of my favorite flavors melting in my mouth.
You can enjoy your poke bowl just on its own, or over rice or cauliflower rice (if you are on my RESTART sugar detox). I’ve been feeling really great eating white rice so that’s what I used. I just love this dish so much because it packs so much flavor and looks so impressive, yet it’s so easy to make!
It’s colorful, fresh, and healthy, and guaranteed to please a crowd. If you are not into raw fish, try it with cooked salmon or another cooked tender fish. It won’t be the same dish (can’t call it a poke bowl, sorry), but I’m sure it’ll be delicious as well.
I believe this is the first time I ever cooked seared tuna steak (not to be confused with canned tuna) at home. I’ve only eaten it at restaurants and it’s always been a treat for me. The delicious nutty crust with the buttery, raw inside felt like a fancy delicacy only to be enjoyed on occasion. When I saw tuna steaks being sold by my favorite seafood vendor at the farmers market a week ago, I decided to go for it. I figured, if I mess up, I can always make tuna salad.
What I didn’t realize was how quick and easy it is to make a sesame-seed crusted seared tuna from scratch. As long as you have high quality tuna (wild-caught and fresh), it’s really hard to mess up because the flavor is already there, and all you need remember is to not cook it for too long.
I’m not sure if I’ll make this all the time because good quality seafood can be expensive, but it’s great knowing that I can whip up dinner in less than 10 minutes if I had to with this recipe. I really love stupid easy and quick meals!
The added bonus is that tuna has great nutritional benefits. It has a high amount of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, as well as healthy nutrients like selenium, potassium, iodine, phosphorus, magnesium, and B vitamins to nourish our brains and hearts! Supplementing with omega-3 capsules and vitamins may be beneficial, but I’d rather eat them in their most absorbable and delicious forms rather than swallowing pills all the time. Wouldn’t you?
Use a teaspoon of dijon mustard for each steak to coat on both sides.
Press both sides of each tuna steak in sesame seeds, making sure they are coated evenly.
Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
Lay one steak in the pan and fry for 1 minute. Flip the steak and cook for additional 1 minute on the other side. Transfer to a cutting board, then repeat the process with the other steak. They should be cooked just on the outside. Make sure you don't overcook them!
Cut the tuna steaks in to ¼-inch slices.
Whisk together all ingredients for the dipping sauce and place in a small bowl.