I’m attracted to pretty food. Plain and simple! So this gorgeous Sesame Seared Tuna with Cheesy Cauliflower Mash is my everything, and it’s not only pretty but incredibly healthy and easy to prepare!
Start with sushi-grade tuna (I usually get mine at Whole Foods or Fresh to Order). I’ve combined both white and black sesame seeds for the dredging but you can use whatever you can find. I’ve even used the Trader Joe’s bagel seasoning! (There are no rules.) The tuna sears up very quickly and you want it to be very pink inside. Of course, that’s my preference so if you’re skittish about raw fish go ahead and cook it longer.
The side of cauliflower mash is to die for! The addition of the cream cheese really turns this healthy side dish into the creamiest, most luxurious of veggies. I swear, you would never know it’s not mashed potatoes!
How to make the Cheesy Cauliflower Mash:
- I cut up a head of cauliflower into small-ish florets. You can buy the pre-cut package if you’re not feelin’ it!
- I put the cauliflower florets in my Okydish steamer insert and placed it in the bottom of my Instant Pot (pressure cooker) with one cup of water. Then I used the “steamer” setting on the pressure cooker and it took about 10 minutes to perfectly steamed cauliflower!
- Then it’s time to puree. I used my new NutriMill Artiste Kitchen Stand Mixer to blend up these ingredients perfectly! The cauliflower mash came out so creamy and tasty that I could have eaten the entire batch! Really had to restrain myself peeps.
Start with a nice firm head of cauliflower. Cut it up into florets and get it ready to steam.
I used the steamer basket and placed it at the bottom of my Instant Pot with one cup of water.
Use the steamer setting on your Instant Pot pressure cooker. It should take about 10 minutes to steam the cauliflower.
Look how creamy this Cheesy Cauliflower Mash turned out! The taste was magnificent!
How to sear tuna steaks:
- Sushi-grade tuna steaks sear up very quickly. Brush them with some canola oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Dredge them in a mixture of white and black sesame seed for a nice crunch. Make sure to coat all sides!
- Use a heavy skillet or cast iron pan and get it very hot before searing using just a tablespoon of canola oil in the pan.
- Sear the tuna on each side for about 2 minutes or to your liking. I love it very pink in the middle, but you might like it cooked longer. Let it rest on a cutting board a few minutes before slicing.
- Slice the tuna on the bias. I like to do thin slices and lay them on top of the cauliflower mash. It’s SO good!
Look at those beautiful pink slices of Sesame Seared Tuna! This literally melts in your mouth!
Serve the Sesame Seared Tuna either on the side or on top of the Cheesy Cauliflower Mash. Either way, this is a gorgeous and delicious plate of food!Print
Melt-in-your-mouth Sesame Seared Tuna is paired with a cheesy cauliflower mash made in the Instant Pot!
For the tuna:
- 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 4 (7-ounce) sushi-grade tuna steaks
- Salt & pepper
For the cauliflower mash:
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 4 oven roasted garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon half and half
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 (4 ounces) package cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- Chopped chives for garnish
To make the tuna:
- Spread the white and black sesame seeds on the bottom of a shallow dish. Pat the tuna steaks with paper towels to dry. Brush each tuna steak with 1 tablespoon canola oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge each piece in the sesame seeds on all sides to thoroughly coat.
- Heat a heavy skillet or cast iron pan on high heat with remaining canola oil until oil starts to wave. Cook the tuna steaks on both sides for approximately 2 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the pan and let rest on a cutting board. When at room temperature, slice the tuna on the bias into about 1/2 thick slices.
To make the cauliflower mash:
- Add a steamer basket to the bottom of an Instant Pot. Add one cup of water.
- Seal the lid and set the Instant Pot on steamer setting for 10 minutes. Drain any liquid off the cauliflower florets and transfer to a large mixing bowl or food processor.
- Puree the cauliflower with a mixer or in the food processor, adding in the butter, cream cheese, half-and-half, and salt and pepper until creamy and smooth. Toss in the chives and more half-and-half if not creamy enough.
- Serve the seared tuna slices over the cauliflower mash, or on the side and garnish with more chives.
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