Tuna Chunks with Spicy Sauce, freshly prepared with fresh fish, yummy! What a delight! What a joy to be able to eat fresh fish! Not fresh fish that has traveled thousands of miles but just hopefully less than 200 miles I hoped.
Anyway, no matter the number of miles, I am grateful for my sister’s friend who went fishing. Remember the saying, “you need to have friends in all places or high places.” Well, I will gladly add a fisherman to my list of people to know.
In my opinion, many people do not enjoy eating tuna unless it is packaged in a can. Canned tuna is more affordable than fresh tuna. Cooking Tuna is somewhat discouraging if not prepared correctly.
Because of the thickness of the flesh, the fish needs lots of spices and moisture when cooked in chunks. Tuna contains high levels of mercury, and it is not recommended for daily consumption. It is an excellent source of protein and can also be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
I enjoy eating a good sushi dish. A good tuna tartar is always welcome. Sushi is one type of food I do not feel comfortable to try at home, but, tuna tartar is on my to-do list for the future. I just need to make sure I have a good recipe for it.
With the tuna my sister’s friend gave me, I decided to cook it in a sauce since I never had it this way. Because I already knew that it needed a lot of spices and not just salt and pepper, a blend of fresh spices and the perfect fish seasoning was my cooking choice for the sauce.
As far as the chunks of tuna, marinating with store-bought fish seasoning was a preferred choice. To finish the dish, diced tomatoes and sliced onions are added for that perfect reddish color and pleasant aroma. And lastly a hint of spiciness to wake up all the ingredients, my Hot and Spicy Original with Herbs.
Enjoy Tuna Chunks with Spicy Sauce with pasta, grains or vegetables.
Note: Use only the recommended amount of water as the Tuna will release more water while cooking.
- 3 lb Fresh Tuna cut in small chunks
- 2 - 3 tablespoons Lime or White Vinegar to clean fish
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Fish Seasoning good quality and low sodium
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley chopped
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Thyme leaves only
- 1 teaspoon Hot and Spicy Original with Herbs
- 1- inch Fresh Ginger grated
- 6 cloves Garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 1 cup Diced Tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cup Onions sliced
- 1/2 cup Water
- Clean chunks of tuna with lime juice or vinegar and rinse quickly with cold water. Pat dry and place in bowl. Add fish seasoning with 1 teaspoon olive oil and marinate tuna for a few minutes.
- While tuna is marinating, prepare spice blend. In a mortar and pestle, add parsley, black pepper, ginger, garlic, salt and thyme. Grind until spices form a paste and mix hot and spicy original with herbs. In a large skillet or pan, heat oil, spices paste and let fry for about 1 minute. Add tomato paste and mix well. Add onions and let cook for another minute. Add diced tomatoes and mix well. Add tuna chunks, gently stir and let cook for 1 - 2 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add lime juice and water, stir to mix, lower heat and cook covered for 15 minutes. Add additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve hot.
Use only the recommend amount of water as the Tuna will release more water while cooking.