Day 9: Pan Seared Tuna on Sauteed Spinach & Mushrooms

by carolyn on April 9, 2012

When I got to work this morning I had an email about an urgent project. In healthcare IT, people tend to mark every project as urgent, ASAP, and due yesterday. I suppose that is probably true in most fields. I like to take advantage of this trend and mark clearly unimportant emails as urgent. I feel like it gives people a good laugh and a nice sense of relief when they realize that they don’t need to drop everything to handle my email. I try to only do this to my closest colleagues. And sometimes my boss.

However, today’s email I received was no joke! From the minute I opened it until well after the usual COB, I was frantically working on a database build – a project both monotonous and meticulous. The level of concentration this project demanded combined with the jarring sounds of construction going on in our office left me with quite a headache.

As usual I longed for the days of yore when I could order a calzone and/or knock back a few drinks without regret or guilt. Instead I drove home and looked up recipes to prepare a tuna steak I had that would probably spoil soon. I’m actually really good at cooking, but really bad at remembering to cook food before it goes bad. A recent green chicken incident comes to mind… It turns out you can’t wait a week after the sell by date to cook chicken. Who knew?

I easily found an easy grilled lime tuna recipe which I adapted to meet my cooking-for-one and don’t-own-a-grill needs.

Tuna Marinade

Basically I just threw together a juiced lime, a bunch of torn up cilantro, and a few shakes of Old Bay seasoning with the tuna in a ziploc bag and let it marinate in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

Pan Seared

Then I broke out my set of stainless steel pans I got for Christmas for their first EVER use. Have you tried to pan sear something on Teflon? It’s pathetic. Heated some olive oil then threw the tuna on for a few minutes on each side.

Sauteeing mushrooms and onions

In another pan, which was admittedly Teflon, I sauteed olive oil, garlic, and a chopped vidalia green onion. Once they were browned, I added shiitake mushrooms and half a bag of spinach. It will never cease to amaze me how much spinach cooks down.


The secret to cooking tuna, is to make sure you don’t overcook it.

An inside look...

The inside should still be raw. This one is probably a little bit too raw. By the way this is my first time  cooking tuna, so I’m not actually the expert I appear to be.

I hope that this post inspires you to try a new and healthy dish soon…even after a long day at work. Got a recipe you want me to try? Post it below! Better yet, come cook it for me :)




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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary April 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Raw or not that tuna looks amazing! So proud of you for coming home after a hard day and cooking a healthy, delicious meal!


2 Bettie April 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

You inspire me!!! Your words have motivated me to cook more, and eat healthy even when I don’t feel like it.


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