James Carrier
YieldsMakes 2 servings
AuthorGail Durant, Sisters, OR,
A fresh tropical fruit salsa is a welcome addition to peppery tuna steaks in this easy but stylish dish.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Peel and seed papaya; cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

Step 2
2

In a bowl, mix papaya, onion, chili, cilantro, and lime juice. Add salt to taste. Set aside while preparing fish or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

Step 3
3

Rinse fish and pat dry. Coat both sides of steaks with oil and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Heat a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; add fish and cook, turning once, until opaque on both sides but still pink in the center (cut to test), 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer steaks to plates and spoon salsa over servings.

Step 4
4

*Look for troll- or pole-caught Pacific albacore tuna; it's more sustainably fished than longline, and the fish have lower mercury levels. U.S. ahi is next best.

Ingredients

 1 firm-ripe papaya (about 1 lb.)
 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
 1 fresh jalapeño or serrano chili, rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and minced
 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
 1 tablespoon lime juice
  Salt
 2 tuna steaks (each 5 to 6 oz. and about 1 in. thick)*
 2 teaspoons olive oil
  Coarsely ground black pepper

Directions

Step 1
1

Peel and seed papaya; cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

Step 2
2

In a bowl, mix papaya, onion, chili, cilantro, and lime juice. Add salt to taste. Set aside while preparing fish or cover and chill up to 4 hours.

Step 3
3

Rinse fish and pat dry. Coat both sides of steaks with oil and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Heat a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; add fish and cook, turning once, until opaque on both sides but still pink in the center (cut to test), 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer steaks to plates and spoon salsa over servings.

Step 4
4

*Look for troll- or pole-caught Pacific albacore tuna; it's more sustainably fished than longline, and the fish have lower mercury levels. U.S. ahi is next best.

Seared Tuna with Papaya Salsa