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Gluten-Free Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

Posted Jan 22 2011 1:05am

For a romantic Valentine’s Day meal, serve a scintillating Asian-inspired dish to spice things up!

Tantalizing Asian flavors are no longer off limits for anyone on a gluten-free diet. We all know soy sauce and most Asian sauces are made with wheat-filled soy – hence, taboo for adults or kids sensitive to gluten. Not anymore! With San-J sauces, go ahead and stir up an authentic Asian dinner for your sweetheart that is 100% natural and certified gluten-free.

San-J offers a line of organic certified gluten-free sauces that are 100% natural and contain no wheat. The line includes: Organic Gluten Free Tamari Soy Sauce (made with 100% soybeans), Organic Gluten Free Reduced Sodium Tamari Soy Sauce, Gluten Free Asian Cooking Sauces, and Gluten Free Asian Salad Dressings. How about gluten-free Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks?

Ingredients
4 8-ounce fresh tuna steaks, cut about 1-inch thick
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided salt and pepper to taste
1 cup untoasted sesame seeds

Tamari-Ginger Sauce Ingredients
¼ cup San-J Organic Gluten Free Tamari
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1/8 cup fresh lime juice
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

Preparation
Pat the tuna steaks very dry using paper towels. Using 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil, rub both sides of each steak and season with salt and pepper. Pour the sesame seeds onto a shallow plate or dish. Coat each side of the steaks with the sesame seeds by pressing the fish into the seeds.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a nonstick sauté pan over high heat until the oil is very hot and just about to smoke. Add the tuna steaks and sear for 45 seconds without moving the steaks. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for another 1 1/2 minutes. Flip the steaks over and cook for another 2 minutes for rare tuna steaks, or 3 minutes for medium-rare. Cut the steaks on the diagonal into 1/4-inch thick slices. Plate the tuna steak slices on a platter lined with lettuce leaves.

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