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Rare Ahi tuna is at the tip top of my favorite dishes list, so it’s no wonder I was thrilled with this Spice-Crusted Tuna from Dorie Greenspan.

Spice Crusted Tuna

A Confused Cook

I was at the local fish monger when I realized  that I needed some ahi tuna for Dorie’s confit, but I didn’t know how much. A quick phone call home and I had my answer. Or at least I thought I did. My copy of Around My French Table was open to the correct page on the kitchen counter, but there were TWO tuna recipes…I needed the info on for the recipe on the right, but received the tuna details for the recipe on the left. So this Spice-Crusted Tuna was dinner that night, and the Tuna Confit was served on the next. Not sure that Bill was as enamored with our menu for the week, but rare tuna is one of my most coveted entrees. At least the cook was happy!

Spice-Crusted Tuna | Simple Tuna recipe from Dorie Greenspan | That Skinny Chick Can Bake

The Spice Mixture

The preparation was simple. I pulled out my mortar and pestle and ground some fresh ginger, coriander and cardamom seeds along with some white peppercorns and sea salt. Olive oil was heated in a non-stick pan and my 1/2-inch fillets were sauteed for 2 minutes per side. Easy and scrumptious. I would probably adjust the cooking time to 1 1/2 minutes per side for an even rarer center. Well, thankfully, there was a happy ending for Bill, too. There was leftover pork tenderloin in the fridge, so my other half didn’t even give this tuna a second glance. And  if  he’d ever dare take a bite, I think he’d find the spices too exotic…he’s more a salt and pepper guy!
French Fridays with Dorie

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36 comments on “Spice-Crusted Tuna #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. I love that spice crust and I’m not at all surprised that Bill is not much of a tuna guy ;).

  2. This was good, wasn’t it. Bill is really missing out! I made the mango chatini as well.

  3. Love that spice crust!!! It sounds lovely.

  4. Love yours Fridays avec Dorie ! The recipes are always amazing ! Fred loves tuna and me as well! Happy weekend Liz πŸ™‚

  5. You and Mr Neil were happy campers this week!

  6. Love this tuna plate Luzzy!
    Look delicious!
    Have a nice weekend

  7. I’ve had similar mishaps before myself, and I couldn’t even blame the husband becuase it was me reading the wrong recipe! You would think that I would know better. Oh well. Happy to hear that the cook was happy:-) That’s what’s important after all.

  8. I have never made this or even tasted it!!! You make it look so easy and delicious. That spice mixture sounds absolutely devine – I must try this!!

  9. I’m sure it wasn’t Bill on the other end of the phone giving you instructions, Liz, but happy you received your tuna fix two nights in a row. As we’ve often said, there weren’t fresh fish buying opportunities in Iowa when I was a kid nor, later, when you were a kid. It was all about Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks rather than “flash frozen”. I agree with you on the shorter cooking time. I did exactly 2 minutes on both sides and it was 30 seconds too much. Liked these spices.

  10. WOW, Liz, it’s such a great dish! I’m sure your Spice-Crusted Tuna was delicious! I love the idea of spice mix. Awesome!

  11. I’ll Bill’s tuna portion happily. I never say no to fish and tuna is one of my favorites. Spiced crusted tuna sounds amazing!

  12. Beautiful! Your fish looks perfectly cooked!

  13. We loved this one, too! Bon Weekend!

  14. I love rare tuna.. yours looks delicious. Never had it with cardamom and ginger. Next time perhaps πŸ™‚

  15. Yours looks fabulous, Lizzy! My Bill loved this one, but then he’s a huge seafood fan! It was worthy of a five star restaurant! Happy Friday!

  16. Your fish looks delicious! I wish we had liked it. I feel like its our failure:(

  17. Liz, . Spice-Crusted Tuna for dinner one night, and the Tuna Confit the next night?! Invite me over! I’ll fill in for Bill πŸ˜›

  18. Tuna exotic… does he tuna fish sandwiches? This is just a step up, really. Glad you had a nice dinner Liz.

  19. haha indeed, Liz! At least the cook was happy! Poor Bill… πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it though!

  20. I loved the spices, too. I thought they were wonderful with the tuna… and of course, that chatting as an accompaniment was delicious!

  21. Damn delicious!!!
    i can imagine how fragrance the aromas of charred spices crust….

  22. That first photo is simply stunning. I love those flavors.

  23. It looks really fresh and succulent! I love the flavours.

  24. Glad you loved it! As for Bill not liking it, I bet you were gleefully thinking “more for me!”

  25. I think I likely sounded too harsh in my own posting about my hubby’s reaction. He is definitely in your camp and when he found out it was tuna- he was over the moon to start with. Glad you enjoyed it and too funny about the supermarket story. I recently sent my hubby (likely for the last time in a long time….) to get the fish for the breton soup. He came back with FOUR pounds, two different whites – no oily. Oh yes, and frozen mussels out of their shells. He said that I had written two pounds of fish…twice. So he bought four. He never did show me my handwritten list but I was not going to push πŸ™‚ As for the mussels, he said he tried to txt me but I did not respond. This I expect from our teenagers – not my hubby – LOL. I asked why he didn’t just call the house and my younger son at that point declared “I am out of here”. No worries it was all hilarious. But I will be doing the shopping in the future……

  26. Too funny about the grocery store mix-up. I could definitely see that happening in my house. I’m glad it worked out so well for you though (and that Bill had his leftover pork!).

  27. Looks perfect and so delicious.

  28. I like when the cook is happy! I was predicting that Bill wouldn’t enjoy this one, but I’m glad you did. I think I overcooked my tuna. My steaks were 1-inch thick and so I did 2 1/2 minutes a side because of that. They cooked through by then. Should have just erred even more on the rarer side. It was still tasty, though.

  29. Lovely fish you got there! And ala Confit next too? Both were great in my book!

  30. Oh my. I think Bill is missing out, Liz. Your tuna with freshly ground ginger looks and sounds divine. Ahi tuna any night of the week works for me…Might say I’m a fan =)

    P.s. Wrote you an e-mail and have re-signed up for e-mail notices. I didn’t receive any this week.

  31. I am glad that the cook was happy. I am enjoying all the make-ups since I started the group so late. Have a great week, see you next Friday.

  32. Wow, now that looks just amazing!!

  33. I have learned to never ask for help on grocery store runs (certainly can’t trust anyone to look up recipes for me in a book). We have had some interesting meals as a result πŸ™‚
    Looks delicious.

  34. Your tuna looks so fresh, great flavours!

    Choc Chip Uru

  35. The seafood lovers in my family could love this! Love your presentation!

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