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French Fridays with Dorie: Spice Crusted Tuna

So, ok, I made some fish for French Fridays with Dorie. Again. Seems to be a theme, huh?

Spice crusted tuna on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut wait, there’s quite a bit more fish left to go in the book before we’re done in May sometime so it’s looking to be Fishy Fridays quite often until then. Never fear, there is a sweet treat coming up next week (Phew!).  This week’s recipe was Spice Crusted Tuna (p 304) and an optional mango condiment that I didn’t make.

Spice crusted tuna searing in pan on eatlivetravelwrite.comLast weekend, I was not at the top of my cooking game and it was all I could do to get this made – I even made Neil eat it at a random time (can you say “spoiled” – the guy who gets sushi-grade tuna for a mid-afternoon snack?!) because I just couldn’t get it together to coordinate it at a meal time 😉 He is such a good sport, right?  We only bought a tiny amount (it was quite expensive, so a rare treat!) and I quartered the recipe (yup, minifying skills at their best!). I was personally very pleased that I chose a plate that kinda matched the hues of the tuna to serve this on 😉

Spice crusted tuna for French Fridays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comWould I make this again? It got rave reviews from Neil so yes, for a dinner party for tuna-lovers, I would! So easy you can even make it with a foggy, flu-ey head!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s spice-crusted tuna on p 304 of Around my French Table.

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38 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Spice Crusted Tuna

  1. Liz January 23, 2015 at 07:04 #

    I hope you’re feeling better, Mardi. I was the spoiled one with this recipe—I think Bill is going to be hard to please with what’s left to schedule 🙂

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:19 #

      Um, yeah! It’s a bit of a hodge podge what’s left!

  2. Mr. Neil January 23, 2015 at 07:38 #

    Well now, Mr. Neil could have made this…but I know Mardi would feel that is cheating.

    Really, the nice thing about this “recipe” [sic] is that it’s one of those where you let the natural flavours of the protein shine.

    Of course, starting with sushi-grade fish I could have eaten this raw. The light spice rub was a great match – there, but not overpowering in any way.

    All in all, a most delightful Sunday snack with which to watch Downton Abbey. 🙂

    I didn’t crack a bottle of wine, but there’s a white Bordeaux I was thinking of…

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:18 #

      You’ve made a couple of dishes before when I was really sick so that’s not cheating, more like “aiding and abetting”! Glad you enjoyed!

  3. Rose January 23, 2015 at 08:53 #

    As afternoon snacks go, this one certainly puts my popcorn to shame:-)

  4. Mary Hirsch January 23, 2015 at 10:01 #

    I looked at the plate – purple. I looked at the tuna – perfectly pink in the middle. But, you’re right, plate matched tuna. Color coordination when plating food. Another talent I must learn. Food styling is not my forté. You’ve almost got this book knocked off, Mardi, so stay healthy. I cannot tell you how impressed I am that you’ve pulled off professional employment, active volunteerism, a personal Life and cooking this book almost in its entirety. Quite an impressive accomplishment. Your tuna, Mr. Neil is right, is gorgeous. Definitely dinner party fare. And, I almost feel like we’re soul sisters since you and I both worry! So glad to know there are other worriers out there.

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:18 #

      This was just a fluke Mary – I was so lazy I didn’t even “plate” this and I didn’t serve it with any accompaniment! ;0 Thanks for your kind words but you Doristas have helped make this possible!

  5. Ei January 23, 2015 at 11:21 #

    Looks great to me! That IS funny that you found a plate that matches your fish. I’m impressed that you whipped this one out, even though you hate fish and aren’t feeling well. Hope you’re all better soon!

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:17 #

      Well if it had been a recipe that took longer, Mr Neil might not have been so lucky!

  6. Susan January 23, 2015 at 12:14 #

    This is an easy recipe to scale up, or down. Hopefully, you used some of the fresh ginger to make some tea to help yourself feel better! We’ve been through 2 rounds of flu/bad colds since mid-December. So not fun!

    Bon Weekend!

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:16 #

      Thanks – yes ginger in my teas is definitely something I am partial to right now!

  7. Kathy January 23, 2015 at 14:08 #

    A beautiful piece of tuna…glad Mr. Neil enjoyed it! It was a hit in my house too! Feel better, Mardi!

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:16 #

      Thanks – it’s easy when you start with great ingredients!

  8. Guyla January 23, 2015 at 14:50 #

    I’m glad Mr. Neil enjoyed it!

  9. Cakelaw January 23, 2015 at 16:16 #

    Yep, the beauty of this recipe was how easy it was to make. Hope you are feeling better niw.

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:15 #

      Thanks, not great but getting there. Was thankful for this easy recipe!

  10. Diane Balch January 23, 2015 at 16:57 #

    You sure know how to cook fish for someone who doesn’t eat it… never cook anything for a party that you don’t love yourself… if you are going to work you want to enjoy. Well done.

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:15 #

      See now I disagree – I am happy to cook things I won’t be eating because it’s good to broaden my repertoire!

  11. Alice January 23, 2015 at 17:15 #

    LOL you are always mini-fying stuff! We did that to the eclairs in “Mardi-style” at Tammy’s house earlier this week! 😉

    At least Neil has such tasty mid-afternoon snacks to enjoy 🙂

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:14 #

      Mini is always best – less waste. Less waist 😉

  12. Tammy January 23, 2015 at 20:22 #

    Glad Neil loved his afternoon snack!! You’re a trooper to make that for him when you aren’t feeling well. 🙂

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 09:14 #

      Well it really only took 10 minutes so it wasn’t that big of a deal!

  13. Tricia January 24, 2015 at 10:17 #

    Bonus points not only for making the FISH, but for doing so while under the weather. I personally think it was genius that this ended up an afternoon snack and I know my own hubby would have adored a treat like this. You also did a fab job getting that ratio down to the one quarter level. Meaning the seeds of like 1.5 cardamon pods, etc. While under the weather ? Gold star indeed. And since I am now horribly behind after sporting a cold over the holidays, I can attest to catching up being quite the chore. But a yummy one at that !

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2015 at 11:55 #

      I’m quite good at the math when food is involved 😉

  14. Nana January 24, 2015 at 15:04 #

    Jim and I had quite a discussion on what amounted to 1/4 of everything for this tuna. I think
    it is a challenge to “minify”. Your tuna turned out well, and Mr. Neil is lucky.

    • Mardi Michels January 25, 2015 at 19:23 #

      It’s actually really easy to minify (just make sure you have your calculator!). And yes, Mr Neil is lucky!

  15. Betsy January 24, 2015 at 17:50 #

    I hope you are feeling better, Mardi. Your piece of tuna looks great, so I envy Neil his mid-afternoon snack. I thought this made a decent dinner too, but I adore fish, so all this fishiness is not a hardship for me.

    • Mardi Michels January 25, 2015 at 19:21 #

      Thanks Betsy, pleased I was able to get this one done!

  16. Geoff January 24, 2015 at 19:20 #

    It looked (and clearly, tasted) very nice, Mardi.
    Well done given you were under the weather.

    • Mardi Michels January 25, 2015 at 19:21 #

      Thanks! I’m really trying to learn to cook fish properly!

  17. EmilyC January 25, 2015 at 12:57 #

    Dorie’s dishes – when divided into two, threes or fours – are great as snacks – all day long!

  18. Diane Zwang January 25, 2015 at 18:43 #

    The cold and flu season really has a hold on you. I hope you feel better soon. Mr. Neil is very lucky. I guess you could say it is to my advantage that I have so many make-ups with all these fishy Fridays. Get some rest and see you next Friday.

    • Mardi Michels January 25, 2015 at 19:20 #

      Thanks, yes it really does have a hold on me 🙁 Mr Neil is very lucky!

  19. Cher January 25, 2015 at 22:21 #

    I hope you are feeling better.
    After three weeks of being miserable, Joe dragged me to urgent care last Friday and I am finally starting to get back on my feet again. I guess he didn’t trust me to drag myself to a doctor.
    That tuna looks lovely and I am glad it was enjoyed.

    • Mardi Michels January 26, 2015 at 06:44 #

      Thanks Cher. Sadly my antibiotics did not agree with me and I reacted badly to them early last week. Seems I am on the road to recovery now with the right ones! Glad you are feeling better!

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