Thursday, October 4, 2018

Seared Albacore Tuna Loin Soft Tacos #SeafoodMonthChallenge



A friend sent me a link to this Seafood Month Challenge levied by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read about the challenge here. I'm always up for a cooking challenge!


With delicious serendipity, my CSF (community-supported fishery) Real Good Fish share this week was freshly caught albacore tuna loins. Albacore is a smaller member of the tuna family that has been shown to have low or undetectable mercury levels. They are mostly caught offshore, and unlike most local fishing boats, albacore boats may be at sea for days on end. In those cases, they are flash-frozen to preserve their freshness. Albacore tuna is highly versatile, and when you get sushi-grade tuna, it's perfectly fine to eat it raw.

This albacore was troll-caught by fisherman Dan Fugere, of the FV Gold Coast, in Bodega Bay...just up the coast from us here.  Albacore tuna caught this way is a 'best choice' according to Seafood Watch.

I decided to crust it with some spices, sear it, and serve them up as soft tacos with a Lugana wine for an upcoming #ItalianFWT event.

Ingredients serves 4
Seared Albacore
  • 1 pound albacore tuna loins
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 1 t ground paprika
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
Fresh Slaw
  • 1 C shaved fennel
  • 1 C shaved pear
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 T vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
For Serving
  • tortillas (we used street taco sized flour tortillas)
  • organic lemon wedges
  • grilled green onions, optional
  • salsa, optional
Procedure

Seared Albacore
Mix the spices together in small bowl. Pat the albacore dry and rub the sides with the spices.

Preheat a skillet. Pour in the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Wait till the oil begin to bubble. Sear the tuna on all sides until the surface is nicely browned. Remove the tuna to a cutting board. Let stand for a few minutes before slicing into 1/2" coins.

Fresh Slaw
In a medium mixing bowl, mix the ingredients together. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.


For Serving
Let everyone assemble their own tacos...with the seared tuna, fresh slaw, grilled green onions, etc.

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