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 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie: Spice Crusted Tuna”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

    • 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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 !

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    • 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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