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Blackened Ahi Tuna with Simple Mango Salsa

5 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 19 Comments

Let me confess right now, this is the first time I~ez_rsquo~ve every bought and prepared a tuna steak. So, yeah I~ez_rsquo~ll admit it, I~ez_rsquo~ve been kinda scared to give them a try at home. Recently I had an some Ahi Tuna at a Japanese restaurant and it was awesome! I~ez_rsquo~m also a HUGE fan for the tuna appetizer they have at outback.

So when I saw fresh Ahi Tuna steak on sale at the grocery store I picked some up, not having any idea how I would prepare it. I decided to go with a simple blackened approach and I happen to have some mango for a quick salsa.

The result? Well let me do a little dialogue recap of the evening~ez_hellip~

Me: Don~ez_rsquo~t kill me, I~ez_rsquo~m trying something new for dinner tonight.
The Husband: Oh God, what now?
Me: *sigh* well, I bought tuna steak and I as thinking a fun mango salsa. Doesn~ez_rsquo~t that sound good?
The Husband: Ummmm not at all.
Me: Will you at least try it?
The Husband: OK.
25 minutes later, at the dinner table. We Sit down and the dish looks pretty good in my opinion!
The Husband: Let~ez_rsquo~s see let me start with some broccoli. Yummm this rice looks good!
Me: JERK! Just try the darn fish!
The Husband: Ok, ok.
I stare him down waiting anxiously for a response.
Me: SO?
The Husband: It~ez_rsquo~s good.
Me: Good? Like if you got it at a wedding would you like it, good?
The Husband: yeah.
Me: What if you ordered it at a restaurant? Would you order it again?
The Husband: I wouldn~ez_rsquo~t have ordered it in the first place.
Me: That~ez_rsquo~s not the point. Oh, forget it!
The Husband: Seriously, it~ez_rsquo~s good. I like it.

So there you have it. I actually got the husband to eat a tuna steak! Now, I didn~ez_rsquo~t go into the Mango discussion. Let~ez_rsquo~s just say he ate around it, but that~ez_rsquo~s exactly what I expected. Although he did say the seasoning on the tuna was perfect! Blackened Ahi Tuna with Simple Mango Salsa

Simple Mango Salsa

  • ½ mango diced
  • 1 slice of a sweet onion diced (although I think red would be better)
  • about 10-15 grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Blackened Spices

  • ½ tsp each onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika
  • ¼ tsp each cumin, oregano, basil, black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp each ground red pepper, kosher salt
  • 2 Ahi Tuna Steaks (aka Yellowfin) (4oz each)
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Mix all the ingredients for the mango salsa and set aside.

Mix all the blackened spices together and spread on a paper plate.

Heat a skillet over high heat (preferably not a non-stick ~ez_euro~~ez_ldquo~ you want it real hot). Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Dip one side of the tuna into the spices and immediately place on the skillet, spices side down. Repeat with the other fillet. Cook for 3 minutes.

Remove the tuna from heat and dip the other sides in the spices and place back into the skillet. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the heat, top with the salsa. I served with instant flavored brown rice and broccoli.

Blackened Ahi Tuna with Simple Mango Salsa top viewBlackened Ahi Tuna with Simple Mango Salsa center

Servings Amt per Serving
2 1 tuna steak with half of the salsa
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
194 3g 3g old: 3 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
10g 0g 14g 27g

See other recipes using: cilantro, mango, onion, tomato, tuna


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    MizFit

    May 9, 2008

    love. I always say IF I WERE A RICH MIZFIT (cue music from Fiddler on the Roof) Id grill tuna steaks (sushi grade :)) nightly. gonna try the salsa.

    Super Healthy Kids

    May 9, 2008

    My husband likes fish, but I never prepare it. I really need to be more daring. Did the toddler try?

    roni

    May 9, 2008

    MizFt - Notice the "On Sale" comment. I know what you mean!! SuperHealthy - Ahhhh the toddler, I total forgot! He did have a bite or two but he wasn't awed. However I think if I made it again he would eat it. Hi didn't turn his nose up to is, know what I mean? BTW I LOVE your blog!

    Julz

    May 10, 2008

    Beautiful Roni! This Tuna looks amazing and what a PERFECT sear you got too!! So fresh and clean and that mango salsa is so fantastic! I love scallops especially with jerk seasoning and then with a light/refreshing salsa on top! Unfortunately, I've never made my own salsa though! Now I definitely will though! You rock! :)

    Michelle

    May 11, 2008

    Another winner. Next weekend can't come fast enough. Perfectly cooked outside, and nice and rare-ish inside. We make fish tacos with these ingredients, bus sometimes DH overcooks the tuna.

    Anna

    May 11, 2008

    Is it okay to use frozen tuna steaks if I plan to eat it rare? I got some at Trader Joes today after seeing this blog =) This looks YUMMY...

    roni

    May 12, 2008

    Anna - The ones I bought were previously frozen and I'm still alive! ;~)

    shannon

    May 14, 2008

    Be careful of the mercury and metal warnings with some fish. Especially where the toddler is concerned. Some fish are safer than others. I do know that tuna is suspect. i am a hardcore sushi fan and this whole mercury thing has put a real damper on my favorite food.

    Ruby

    May 21, 2008

    I just had a similar dish at Phil's Fish in Moss Landing Ca. The salsa also had cut up strawberries in it, and the whole thing was served on a bed of stuffing which included Macademia nuts. It was delicious and a bit expensive!

    Diva on a Diet

    November 18, 2008

    I wish I had a pickier eater than me in the house to test my food on! Although, I am not sure I want the extra laundry! he he Ahi Tuna is most known for being done seared or Tartare... which I actually like, but if I had it my way, I'd have it cooked in cream and butter! I have to say, your picture and story make it sound pretty good though!!!

    Monica Shaw

    March 10, 2009

    Wow... okay, fine, I don't eat fish but there was a time when I did and this was the kind of thing I'd drool over. I'm saving that salsa recipe though. Maybe I'll try some blackened tofu. *sigh* It's just not the same is it?

    kristy

    February 3, 2010

    This was an amazing dish! I made two one for my husband and myself. I made something else for the kids and they ate half of mine. We all loved it. THANK YOU!!!!! My new favorite recipe.

    Christy

    November 3, 2010

    I had some ahi tuna from Trader Joes that I wanted to cook up so I searched the site and found this recipe. Loved the salsa but I'm going to have to try blackening the fish again. I'm a newbie at blackening and this was actually my first attempt. I ruined my pan combining it with high heat and the cooking spray. It wasn't non-stick, but metal... next time I'll try cast iron. I cooked it the amount of time on the recipe, but there was no pink in the middle, which is the way I like it. That's the fun of cooking, though... testing, tasting, and tweaking. Next time I may also try medium-high since stoves cook so differently. I absolutely love the recipes, Roni. I'm new to your blog and have tried the Acorn Squash, Pumpkin Pasta and Turkey Chili Cornbread Bake. I love how simple your recipes are to prepare, but how flavor-full they are. Thanks so much for sharing the wealth of information and resources that you do. It makes a huge difference. :)

    roni

    November 3, 2010

    Thanks for the compliment and feedback Christy! SOrry this one didn't turn out for you. DO you have gas or electric stove? I find that a huge factor in cooking. And if I remember correctly I think my pan was pretty black as well. I tend to beat my pots up! :)

    Christy

    November 3, 2010

    Roni ~ Thanks for the response and you are MORE than welcome and deserving of the compliment. :) I do have electric and am jonesing for a gas stove and covet my sister whenever I visit her. I think a beat-up pan is a well-loved and used pan. It will give me practice on letting go of my "perfection" issues. HA! I'll let you know how the retry goes... after I make the pan and heat adjustments.

    Alex

    July 7, 2011

    This was amazing! I just googled tuna steaks and this came up and I had to try it. The contrast of the salty spicy with the mango was wonderful. As luck would have it, I had a mango that was just sitting in my fruit bowl and this was the perfect way to use it. I used some Louisiana blackened spice that I bought on my last trip to Houston so I didn't mix up the spices like the recipe specified but it was still pretty good. Thanks for the recipe.

    Bonnie

    May 28, 2012

    A W E S O M E! Tasted fantastic and my guy is already asking for another round!

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