Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hanky Panko - Crusted Albacore Tuna

I was in a little bit of a hurry this evening, when I got home. Not only was I an hour late and still had to cook dinner, but I had promised a coworker a German's Chocolate Cake, and time is running out for me to deliver it. (more on that later). So in the essence of speed, I opted out of the original Risotto with Albacore, that I had originally planned for dinner.

Instead, I simply salted and peppered the albacore steak, sprinkled it with a touch of wasabi powder and pressed Panko into it, without a dredge or an egg wash. Fried it up in some Sesame oil and chowed down. Super simple, super quick, and super delicious!! (I was actually surprised that the Panko held so well to the fish)

Panko Crusted Albacore

Tuna steak (mine are usually about 1 inch thick)
Salt
Pepper
Wasabi powder
Panko
Toasted Sesame oil

Salt and pepper each side of the tuna steak, then sprinkle with a pinch of wasabi powder on each side as well.

Literally press the panko crumbs onto the surface of the steak.

Heat Sesame oil in a pan. (Yes, I used my omelet pan, cause I wasn't sure if the panko would stay on the fish)

Pan sear for about 2 - 2 1/2 minutes on each side.

(You should get a nice golden color on the panko)

Plate and enjoy!

Yum!

Mangia!!
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This left me with plenty of time to finish the cake as well.. But I have already blogged about German's Sweet Chocolate Cake... :)

Oh, and in case you noticed the "Fry Daddy" reflected in the oil of the pan... I was experimenting...

Did you know that it is a REALLY bad idea to drop a raw egg into a deep fryer? I just had to find out what would happen, cause I have never done it before... HA HA HA The white cooks SO fast that it puffs up, and if you don't get it out fast enough, the yolk explodes... Needless to say, I have to clean out my Fry Daddy now... (sigh) But you know the saying, "Nothing ventured, Nothing gained" ;)

9 comments:

girlichef said...

mmmmm...that panko is so golden and inviting! LOL at the Fry Daddy story...an egg! Ha...

girlichef said...

...you know...I wonder what would happen if you dropped the egg in shell and all? Think you could actually deep fry it and then peel it? Hmm.

Patti T. said...

I no longer care for tuna, but I am telling you, those Panko crumbs are the greatest thing I have added in my pantry in a long time. When I first started using them I had to purchase them for another county, now you can find them in almost any store, ahhhhh. Ain't life grand.

Patti T. said...

Hmmmm in your cooking "experiments" to save your self a LOT of trouble, don't ever wander what happens to a turkey liver if you try and cook it in a microwave. Several years ago, my MIL tried this, she pulled it out of the microwave, and it totally exploded, molten bits of liver all over the kitchen ceiling and anyone standing nearby, she finally gave up and had her ceiling repainted.

Bob said...

Wow, without a wash that panko stuck really well. I've been meaning to try real (uncanned) tuna for some time. I like the canned stuff, so I figure why not? It looks good.

Hmmm, exploding eggs. Sounds like fun to me! Heh, if I had a frydaddy I would have tried the same thing. ;)

TallieAnn said...

I just found your blog through Cooking Stuff. I love the name, the layout and your apple pi icon is fantastic! Oh yeah and the tuna looks delectable!

I was reading some of your older posts and I can feel your pain on the heat in San Diego as I live in North County and have no AC. But you gotta love all the sun right?

Culinary Alchemist said...

GirliChef - That is positively brilliant..!!! I wonder if it would explode from the water converting to steam so fast... I may have to try that tonight.... ;)

Patti - Yes, I remember the first time I bought them; When I finally used them, all I could think was "Where have you been all my life?" LOL

Bob - I know, still kinda amazes me it stuck. I was expecting a bunch of crispy bits in the bottom of the pan... Fresh tuna is just about the most awesome fish ever...!!! I think you'll like it, not quite as "salty" as canned. I fell in love with it the first time I had Seared Albacore at a Sushi joint.

TallieAnn - Welcome! and Thank you! I am glad you found your way here. I agree, I do love all the sun... :)

Danielle said...

oooh....how I wish I could eat that. It looks sooo good!

LOL @ fry daddy egg!

Spryte said...

That looks awesome!