Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Peppered tuna with sharp rhubarb


Peppered tuna with sharp rhubarb by Carole's Chatter


In honour of the next Food on Friday (which is all about Rhubarb) I did this Peppered tuna with sharp rhubarb.

First I ground up some white peppercorns and Sichuan peppercorns in my mortar and pestle – about a teaspoon or so.

Then I patted the pepper mix onto the top and sides of the tuna steaks and put it into the fridge to chill while I did the rhubarb.

You cut your rhubarb up into about an inch and a half sticks – if it is stringy give it a rough peel first. I used about 8 stalks.

Melt 15g of butter in a pot, add the rhubarb, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 5 tablespoons of water.  Gently simmer this until the rhubarb is tender.  It won't take long – maybe 5 minutes.  Then to make it sharp, add a teaspoon or so of good balsamic vinegar.  Taste it and get it to your liking by either adding a touch more vinegar or sugar to get it to your liking.

Then when that is ready cook the tuna pepper side down in a little oil.  Turn it over after a couple of minutes and then add a knob or 2 of butter into the pan and spoon it over the tuna as the other side cooks.  Sprinkle with a little salt and serve.  I managed to very slightly overcook this one – I think the hot butter over the top may have resulted in faster cooking than usual.

The tuna and the sharp rhubarb worked very well together.


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9 comments:

  1. mmm! Looks delicious, I love rhubard I just hardly ever see creative ways to cook with it.

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  2. My husband loves both rhubarb and tuna, but I rarely prepare either of them. This dish would be a perfect surprise for him. Thanks!

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  3. I've never had rhubarb with tuna, it sounds delicious.

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  4. wow, that is a combination I would never have though of!

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  5. What an interesting combination! I love rhubarb and Szechuan pepper, never thought of putting them both into one dish. I would love to try this!

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  6. I haven't cooked with rhubarb in years! I always overcook the tuna. I'm coming to your house for dinner and I'll bring the hushpuppies:)

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  7. I've never had tuna with rhubarb either, but why not?

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  8. I grew up eating rhubarb but my husband...he won't eat it. So sad.

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  9. Interesting combo! I love rhubarb, so I'd try this. Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday.

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