Upgrade your taco night by making juicy, seared tuna tacos topped with a flavorful wasabi and cilantro mayo.
Taco Tuesday (or Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and TWICE on Sunday) just got a seriously delicious upgrade. This recipe is really too easy – even if you’ve never cooked tuna steaks before, you’re going to do it like a pro. With this technique, your fish will come out juicy and not-dry every time.
And the wasabi mayo. Gah. You can tweak the mayo based on how much or little of the stuff you want. I loaded mine up, obviously.
Step by Step Guide to Making Seared Tuna Tacos
1. Preparing the Tuna Steaks:
- Pat the tuna steaks dry and season both sides liberally with salt, pepper, and the Asian seasoning blend.
- Oil Application:
- Lightly brush each side of the seasoned tuna steaks with olive oil.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Remember not to add oil to the skillet.
- Place the tuna steaks into the skillet and let them cook undisturbed for about 2-3 minutes until you notice they’re cooked about halfway up the sides.
- Lightly drizzle the uncooked side with a bit of olive oil and then carefully flip the steaks to sear the other side. Let them cook for an additional 2 minutes. The steaks should be nicely seared on the outside but remain pink in the middle.
- Post-cooking Treatment:
- Once done, transfer the steaks to a plate.
- Drizzle them with approximately 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the lemon juice to maintain moisture.
- Let the steaks rest for a few minutes before slicing them into thin strips.
2. Making the Cilantro-Wasabi Mayo:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, wasabi paste, lemon juice, and chopped cilantro.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Taste Test:
- Mix well and taste the mayo. Adjust the seasoning if required.
3. Assembling the Tacos:
- Base Layer:
- Start with placing a layer of shredded cabbage on each taco shell.
- Add the sliced tuna, avocado slices, and mango slices on top of the cabbage.
- Drizzle a generous amount of the cilantro-wasabi mayo over the fillings.
- Finish off with some freshly chopped cilantro on top for added flavor and garnish.
- Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious seared tuna tacos with cilantro-wasabi mayo!