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dinner of champions: tuna steak with pasta

Posted by ernie on February 25, 2008

i don’t really know how to kick this one off, so i’ll get right to it.


i don’t think it’s possible for you to tell me that doesn’t look friggin’ delicious. that’s some tuna steaks with tasty tasty pasta.

i can’t quite believe how simple this dinner turned out to be. tuna steaks are somewhat heavy, so this meal was delightfully filling. and the pasta…well pasta is always good. i like the frying pan pasta. i’ve done it once or twice before, but never with the amount of success i achieved this day.

these recipes are quick and easy. i think the actual cooking time was somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, and the last 5 was spent waiting for the tuna to cook through. this also marks the first time i was able to fully multi-task without forgetting about one or more of the items or ruining or overcooking something.

let’s get down to business.

peppered tuna steaks

  • 3 sizable tuna steaks
  • salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tbsp butter

season tuna steaks liberally with salt and fresh black pepper. melt butter in small sauce pan over medium heat. add about 1/2 of the butter to a big honkin’ pan. apply tuna steaks. after a couple of minutes, baste each steak lightly with some of the melted butter (to keep moist). after a few more minutes, flip the steaks over and witness the delightful crust that has formed. continue until the internal temperature of each steak reaches just below 140°.

they came out pretty close to perfect. i think i could have left them a little more rare. nevertheless they were flaky and tasty and moist.


you know you want to eat that.

fried pasta

  • 1/2 box of penne
  • salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • splash of olive oil

cook the pasta. in a medium frying pan, add some olive oil and stir to coat. add oregano, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. mix thoroughly.

it’s that simple. the pasta was perfectly tender but not chewy. the parmesan added a great cheesey taste and just a little edge. the oregano just deepened the flavor. you can play around with other seasonings (basil, rosemary, you name it). i just threw in something quick.

i wanted this dinner to be quick and easy and that’s exactly what it was. i recommend everyone take some tuna steaks for a test drive if you haven’t already. my history with fish dinners has not been the most consistent – dry, overcooked, i could go on. suffice to say, i have been hesitant to try my hand at fish again. but after this, my confidence is restored.

so try the fish, and don’t forget to tip your waiter.


5 Responses to “dinner of champions: tuna steak with pasta”

  1. mother said

    that pasta looks good…what is it?

  2. mother said

    oh….never mind…I see it now.

  3. ernie said

    that pasta IS good. it’s super easy. i highly recommend it. even more so, i recommend you make your own variation. whatever you think looks and smells tasty in your spice drawer, just throw it on and there’s a very high probability it will be tasty.

  4. hi there….
    I’m a tuna lover too,
    I’m actually add the butter/ olive oil in the fish marinade….
    The Jakarta’s Ritz Carlton tell that to me for better seared colour…

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