Kitchen Adventure || Honey Lime Tuna Steaks and Veggies!
Hey guys! Man… the struggle is real this week! Anyone else feel like you’re kind of having to pull yourself through the week? Seems like there’s something in the air.. Oh, wait. It’s this 81% humidity!
Nah, I’m just feeling a bit sluggish this week, but it will pass. One thing that helps me when I’m feeling this way is to make sure I’m fueling myself with solid, clean nutrients. Since Tim and I did our blood panels (shameless plug – don’t forget about blood panels this Saturday!) – One thing that was recommended to BOTH of us was to consume more fish.
I’ll be honest. I’ve kind of avoided cooking fish for a long time because it scares me. It’s stupid because cooking ANYTHING EVER used to terrify me and I’ve pretty much gotten over that as I’ve forced myself to experiment and meal prep, but for some reason seafood and baking still freak me out a bit.
Anyway, I’ve done several fish recipes over the last few weeks to try an accommodate the recommendations that were made for our HEALTH and also just get myself out of my comfort zone. I’ve done a couple of salmon recipes, shrimp, turbot, and most recently yellowfin tuna steak. I imagine as I get more comfortable with it, I’ll begin to share more recipes, but this tuna steak one is the first that I’ve felt really great about so that’s what you get! I know I usually post things that you can do for meal prep. I don’t feel like fish holds up well for days so this is more of a weeknight option, but fish is so fast that you can easily sneak it in on a weeknight. You do have to plan ahead a little bit to let the tuna marinate, but it’s still a quick one.
Y’all please let me know if you make this, what your thoughts are! *I’m also a huge advocate for getting the new veggie stocked on the shelf and doing something with it which is why you see purple carrots. Our HEB NEVER has purple carrots, but I had to get them. You can just as easily use regular carrots 🙂 Ok, enjoy!
For the fish – Double for more tuna steaks… obviously – This is just to feed 2 for one meal
1 lime, juiced
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 6-ounce Ahi tuna fillets
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
1/8 cup honey
For the rice –
1/2 cup dry jasmine rice
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup coconut milk
Pinch of sea salt
For the veggies
Oil of your choice – I prefer olive oil for savory or coconut for more sweet
2-3 Large carrots – I used purple, but regular are fine! You could also use parsnips to change it up
1 large zuchinni
1 large yellow squash
1 bunch asparagus
Salt, pepper, smoked paprika
There are actually a couple of ways to go about this. If you want to use a real grill, go for it. I just used a cast iron grill plate (like this) in my oven. I use this thing ALL the time. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend it. But, go for it with the grill outside if you want!
Ok, do the marinade FIRST. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger.
Place the tuna steaks flat on a plate and season with sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste, and spoon over half of the glaze, turning to coat evenly. Pop those babies in the fridge to marinate for about 30 minutes.
Add the honey to the remaining half of the glaze and mix well. You’ll come back to this later.
While the tuna is marinating get the rest of your meal going. With the grill plate IN the oven, preheat your oven to 425.
To prep your veggies, (wash them all first) peel and slice your carrots, slice the zucchini and squash, and trim the asparagus. You have another choice here. I roasted the carrots (30 minutes on a baking sheet in the oven – coated with coconut oil and lightly seasoned with sea salt/pepper) roast until fork tender. You can use the same method for ALL the veggies, or you can actually use your grill plate here too.
I roasted the carrots, but coated the squash, zucchini, and asparagus in olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika and then grilled them on the grill plate. About 5:00/side. Then I just mixed the carrots in.
While your veggies are going, get the rice going. Combine in a medium sauce pan 1/2 cup dry jasmine rice with 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup coconut milk. Add a pinch of salt and give it all a little stir to combine. Bring it to a bowl on your stove top. Then, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and allow to cook. Refer to your instructions on the rice for cook time, but usually about 15-20 min. Fluff with a fork when all the liquid has been absorbed.
Finally, the tuna steaks! Remove them from the fridge. Lightly oil your grill or grill plate and place the tuna fillets on. Cook for about 2 minutes and turn them over, brushing the glaze over the cooked side. Grill 2 minutes more for medium-rare to medium.