Seared Ahi with Pomelo Salad

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Author Notes: Thank heaven for citrus. They're the cleanest, brightest flavors available to those of us in cold, snowy regions. There is no logical reason I should be craving salads right now. We had a foot of snow in the past 24 hours, with another foot forecast for tonight. The high temperature today was 5 degrees, and it's rapidly heading back below zero, where apparently it has decided it belongs. Maybe it's my appetite's way of brightening life up a bit. This salad is all about tender-crisp textures and sweet-tart-spicy flavors. It's just the thing after shoveling snow.boulangere

Serves 2

For the Marinade

  • 2 4-ounce ahi tuna steaks
  • Sea or kosher salt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 ounces corn oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

For the Salad and Dressing

  • 2 pomellos, peeled, suprême
  • 2 tomatillos, 1/4” dice
  • 2 mini red or orange sweet peppers, 1/4” slices
  • 1 small jicama, peeled, 1/4” dice
  • 4 scallions, green & white parts, 1/4" slices
  • 1/2 jalapeño, very small dice
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon Cholula
  • 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup corn oil
  • 2 wedges of lime
  1. Sprinkle both sides of the ahi steaks with salt. Stir together marinade ingredients in a shallow, flat-bottomed dish. Place steaks in marinade. Turn every few minutes while you prepare the salad and dressing. After you suprême the pomello, squeeze the remaining juice from the membranes into the marinade.
  2. On my blog, I have what think is a fairly easy description (with photos) of how to suprême any citrus fruit: thesolitarycook http://wp.me/27pPl, Jan. 13 post. Basically, you need to remove all the peel and white pith from the outside, then remove each segment, leaving behind all the membranes. Yes, it's worth the effort.
  3. Toss together the pomelos, tomatillos, sweet peppers, jicama, scallions, and jalapeñno.
  4. To make the dressing, whisk together the orange juice, Cholula, and salt until the salt has dissolved. Add the corn oil and whisk to blend. Pour over the salad ingredients and toss to distribute. The jicama will absorb lots of flavor while you sear the ahi.
  5. Heat a ridged grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Film with some corn oil. Lift the ahi from the marinade and set in the hot pan. Let sear to a good caramelization on one side (gently lift a corner and peek), then carefully turn and do the same to the other side. All together, it should take less than 5 minutes to sear both sides.
  6. Remove ahi to a cutting board. Let sit while you distribute salad between plates. Cut ahi into 1/2” thick slices and arrange over the salads. Spoon up some of the wonderful dressing and drizzle over. Serve with a wedge of lime.
  7. Now go shovel some more snow.
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over 2 years ago gingerroot

I love pomelo and this sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try this.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you, gingerrroot! I used up the last of the leftovers last night as salsa over a burrito.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love it, such a beautiful salad. Going shopping, snow in the forecast for tomorrow! Step 7 I might be able to do too!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I was really congratulating myself for having gotten ahead of things storm-wise for a change. Then this morning I realized I was out of coffee beans! Happily, my coffee connection is a 4-block walk away. Snowshoes would have been nice.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Good thing, I have been known to brave wind, rain and snow for coffee too. Congratulations on a great recipe and the storm prep!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you, sdb. I hope your storm goes easy on you.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

They are only calling for an inch or two but thats what they said last year when we got 22 inches. Hope they are right about the dusting, Have to work tomorrow and its not pleasant to try to get around in a snow storm around here. Thanks.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

My menu is set for the weekend, making this just ordered my tuna and pomellos I can't wait to make this.

Dscn2212

over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I hope you enjoy it!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

I plan on taking all steps up to and including #6.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

LOL, Bevi!