Seared Sesame Tuna with Mixed Greens
Seared Sesame Tuna With Mixed Greens is a salad that is an entree. If you enjoy fish as much as we do, this is sure to become a favorite that you will serve often. Living along the Pacific coast in an area lined with fishing villages is a plus for making Low carb seafood meals, but it can be done almost anywhere there are large markets that stock fresh and frozen fish.
- Asian Dressing:
- 2 T. sesame oil
- ¼ c. grapeseed oil
- 2 T. soy sauce
- 3 T. Rice wine vinegar
- 1 T. fresh lime juice
- 1½ T. Dijon mustard
- 1 medium shallot, finely minced
- 1 T. fresh ginger, very finely minced
- Ground Himalayan salt and Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Seared Tuna:
- 2 8-oz. 2” thick tuna steaks, cut into 2” cubes
- 2 T. black sesame seeds
- 2 T. white sesame seeds
- 2 T. ground ginger
- 3 T. olive oil
- Himalayan salt and ground black pepper to taste
- To make dressing, add all ingredients to a glass bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended. Taste and add more lime juice to brighten the flavors, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Add sesame seeds and ground ginger to a large bowl and stir to combine. Add chunks of tuna to bowl and toss to coat. Press to make sure seeds adhere to tuna.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. When hot, add coated tuna to pan and flash sear on all sides, approximately 30 seconds per side. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- To serve, add one cup mixed greens to each serving plate and top each plate with an equal portion of the seared tuna. Drizzle with dressing. (You can also toss mixed salad greens with dressing before plating, if desired). Serve with additional soy sauce and wasabi paste, if desired. Keep in mind that the extra soy sauce and wasabi paste will add to the overall carb count.
This healthy salad makes a great meal or if you have a few extra carbs to spare, it can be paired with a low carb soup for a more substantial meal.
The carb breakdown is as follows:
The total carbs for the dressing is 7.78 so if divided 4 ways that comes out to about 2 carbs per person.
Tuna has zero carbs but there are almost 4 carbs in the seasonings. That includes .34 carbs in 1/4 teaspoon of himalayan salt and another .34 carbs 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. 4 ounces of Tuna is only 147 calories
1 cup of the mixed salad greens has 1.76 carbs but it also has 1 carb of fiber so the net carbs is .76
Mixing all this together, this salad entree will have just 4 carbs unless you add more to it such as the wasabi paste or soy sauce.
So lets take a little closer look at that tuna. It contains vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6 And those all important vitamins B-12 and Vitamin D. Now if that is not enough, it also contains over half of your daily protein needs plus selenium, magnesium, iodine and potassium…That tells me it is a star in my low carb lifestyle eating plan.
Oh, if you are wondering why I always use Himalayan Salt it is because it contains 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body while common table salt is composed of 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals like iodine, absorbents and sugar.
If you are working on dropping a couple of pounds, the calorie count is not to shabby. So give this recipe a try and you might just be adding it to your list of favorites as I have.