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Seared Albacore Tuna Loin Soft Tacos #NationalTacoDay


Today, Valentina, The Baking Fairy, asked her blogging pals to join her in celebrating National Taco Day. Ummm...of course! Happy #NationalTacoDay! Here's our virtual taco truck for you...

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Seared Albacore Tuna Loin Soft Tacos
With delicious serendipity, I found freshly caught albacore tuna loins at the market this week. 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.

I decided to crust it with some spices, sear it, and serve them up as soft tacos with an Italian wine from Lugana.

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.

Comments

  1. I love seared tuna and these tacos look wonderful.

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  2. These sound so tasty! What a great way to eat seared tuna. In a little package!

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  3. What a creative (and sophisticated) taco idea! I love that you paired it with a fresh slaw and some wine. Fancy!

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