Seared Ahi Tuna and More Oven Awesomeness!

by Lehni Lester

Hello Blowhard foodies! Happy Saturday morning! I’m in Vegas hanging out with my mom this weekend so this post is pretty quick but I couldn’t leave you hanging this week without a super great recipe! (I think I have found my blog theme… sarcastic, expert, cooking! What do you think?) Let's dive in.

A couple weeks back Fry’s was having a service counter sale and had a bunch of seafood 25% off (the good news is that it wasn’t too sketchy looking either! Typically discount seafood = no bueno according to my BFF Anthony Bourdain, and everyone ever to buy seafood).  So I picked up a couple pounds of shrimp (recipe another week) and four ahi tuna steaks.  The steaks are probably about 5-6oz or so and were $3.50 each so not too bad! I knew I wouldn’t be making the tuna right away so I asked if they had any that were still frozen and shrink wrapped and just put them in the freezer for later.  Well, later came this week and I made some seared ahi tuna with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries!

So this recipe isn’t actually new to me… I have made it before but the fries go with my oven theme… plus it is super tasty!  (I promise I’ll try a new one next week.) I did improvise though (which is what happens when you don’t plan ahead like I discussed last week… heh).  The recipe calls for garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, tarragon, chili oil, and olive oil.  Mix spices, rub chili oil on steaks, coat steaks in spices, chill, sear, presto!  (Recipe below) I didn’t have tarragon or chili oil but it still worked out really well! I added some black pepper to the spices and instead of rubbing the steaks with chili oil I just used olive oil. This is a super quick and super tasty recipe. Definitely recommend it.  If someone tries it with the chili oil and terragon let me know. I’m sure it changes the flavor a lot.  To go with the steaks I had some ears of corn in the frig so I boiled that up and stopped at the store quick on my way home for a few sweet potatoes to make fries.  Which brings me to the kitchen appliance that I guarantee you are under-utilizing!! The Oven!

I don’t know about you but I pretty much never use my oven.  My husband uses it to make frozen chicken strips periodically and I use it to make a pie every 5 to 12 months… but this week I used it like 3 times and realized I was totally missing out! Two batches of sweet potato fries and a batch of oven cooked bacon and I am a changed woman.  It is awesome when you can free up space on your stovetop and make you cleaning easier! The sweet potato fries are super easy to make and they taste great.  The longest part is slicing up those damn potatoes.  The recipe for this one is listed below too.  I used a white sweet potato instead of your standard sweet potato.  Basically mix spices, pour olive oil on potatoes, stir in spices, put in oven, presto! I had enough potatoes to make a batch for dinner two nights. We had them with some tacos this week too! Woo!

Last, but not least (obvi), I made breakfast this week for my husband and in-laws and decided to do the bacon in the oven. I am so glad that I did! I realize how nerdy I’m sounding right now but seriously you guys. Life. Changing.  I didn’t splattered with bacon grease ONCE! It was awesome.  I just put a shit load of bacon on a cookie sheet with tin foil, stuck it in a 400 degree F oven, and 5-10 min later (depending on how crispy or “soggy” you like your bacon) presto! Let the grease cool on the tin foil then just throw it away instead of trying to pour piping hot grease into an empty beer can (danger!).  Use your oven more! It’s awesome!

That’s it for this week’s edition of non-expert cooking. Sorry it was a little all over the place. I’m just stoked about going to Vegas so… my bad ☺

Seared Ahi Tuna:

Sweet Potato Fries: