Flying Fish Cafe: Peppercorn Crusted Tuna

Peppercorn Crusted Yellowfin Tuna Loin

Flying Fish Café, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Serves 4

Crusted Tuna:
4 (6 oz.) tuna loin steaks
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

Citrus Sichuan Peppercorn Crust:
fresh cilantro for garnish, optional
2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar or raw sugar
1 orange, zested & juiced
1 lemon, zested & juiced
1 lime, zested & juiced
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Peppercorn Crust:
Pulse-grind Sichuan peppercorns in a small grinder until coarse ground. Add turbinado or raw sugar, pulse to blend and slightly grind. Combine zests of orange, lemon, and lime in small mixing bowl. Add ground Sichuan peppercorn-sugar mixture to zest. Add coarse salt and blend well. Set aside.

Crusted Tuna:
Place large non-stick saute pan over high heat. While pan is heating, lightly coat tuna steaks with 1 tbsp. canola oil and lightly dust evenly with prepared citrus-Sichuan peppercorn crust. Do not overcoat.

Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan and immediately add tuna steaks. Cook evenly on both sides to create a well caramelized crust, about 2 to 3 minutes, watching carefully to avoid burning. Remove from pan and transfer to small sheet pan to rest. Tuna is best done rare to medium-rare. For more well-done, finish off in a 375 degree oven. Slice tuna steaks on bias. Garnish with cilantro as desired. Serve immediately.

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