Pan Seared Ahi Tuna

October 9, 2009 10:22:38 PM PDT
An elegant restaurant sits on the Hudson River in Yonkers and it's raising the bar in fine dining. X20 has views of the Hudson River from every table, possible because it hovers over the river on what was once a dilapidated pier.

"We enclosed the building, wrapped it in glass and built it out," said owner Peter Kelly.

This Peter Kelly's dream, to bring something to the community where he grew up--Yonkers.

"It was kind of a return to my roots and an opportunity to see if a restaurant can have an impact on a community," said Peter.

And it has. In the two years since X20 has opened, it's become a destination spot.

As for the food, Peter calls it contemporary American. The menu changes seasonally, but a popular dish is the tuna. Peter uses sushi, sprinkles it with a little oil, salt and pepper and then it's coated with a mix of puffed rice -- like unsweetened Rice Krispies and dried seaweed.

"The seaweed adds a salty character and replicates the sea so it gives color and textural note to the fish," said Peter.



Pan Seared Ahi Tuna With Puffed Rice & Dried Seaweed

Recipe courtesy of Peter X. Kelly, Xaviars Restaurant Group

Ingredients:

4- 6 Ounce pieces sushi grade tuna (cut about 21/2 inches thick)
2 Ounces Puffed rice*
2 Ounces Dried Seaweed (Japanese rice seasoning mix)*
2 Tablespoon Olive or Grape seed oil
Salt & Freshly ground pepper
Steamed Chinese Broccoli & Bok Choy to serve along side tuna
Serve with Yuzu butter (optional)

Method:

  • Season Tuna with salt & freshly ground pepper.
  • In a mixing bowl combine puffed rice & dried seaweed.
  • Place tuna in bowl with puffed rice and turn to coat
  • Shake off excess coating.
  • Heat a non-stick pan over high heat.
  • Add 2 TBS oil to pan.
  • When oil is hot & almost smoking add tuna to pan.
  • Cook on 1st side 1 minute.
  • Turn tuna and cook on other side 1 minute more.
  • Remove tuna from pan and slice on a diagonal in half immediately to stop cooking.
  • Place on plate and serve with steamed Chinese Broccoli & Bok Choy.


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