Seared Tuna with Sautéed Spinach

  • 2 tuna steaks (about 3/4 pound)
  • 2 T. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 4 T. olive oil, divided
  • 10 oz. fresh baby spinach
  • 1 T. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar

Rub the steaks vigorously with the lime juice and allow to rest on a plate. Meanwhile, combine the salt, black pepper, garlic powder and red pepper in a shallow bowl.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Dredge the tuna steaks in the seasoning mixture, making sure that they are generously covered. Place the steaks into the skillet and allow to cook for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in another skillet and quickly add the baby spinach. Sauté lightly for 1 minute and cover briefly with a lid.

Using a spatula, carefully turn the tuna steaks and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. Remove the lid from the spinach and remove it from the heat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and vinegar. Toss to coat and serve immediately alongside sliced tuna steak.

  • Yields: 2 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
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