African Adobo-Rubbed Tuna Steaks

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This works very well with Salmon or other firm fish. Wonderful served with Haitian Coleslaw & warm corn tortillas to make fish tacos. I make extra Adobo & keep it for chicken, fried potatoes, etc.

Preparation time: 45 Min
Cooking time: 15 - 30 Min

Serves: 6


For the avocado salsa:
• 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
• 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the bias
• 2 jarred piquillo peppers, diced (or substitute 2 jarred roasted red peppers)
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the adobo:
• 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted and ground coriander seeds
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
• 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
• 1 1/2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
• 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
• 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon paprika
• 1 1/2 tablespoons dried orange peel
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• Four 6-ounce tuna steaks
• 1/4 cup peanut or canola oil

For the cucumbers:
• 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
• 1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
• 1 European cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and very thinly sliced


For the salsa:
In a medium bowl, combine the diced avocados, scallions, peppers, and garlic. In another bowl, whisk together the orange and lime juices, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Pour over the avocado mixture and gently toss. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the cucumbers: Mix the sugar and vinegar in a bowl, stirring well. Add the cucumbers and allow to marinate for about 15 minutes.
To serve, arrange the cucumber in neat slices across each plate. Slice the tuna and lay it over the cucumbers. Spoon the avocado salsa on top of or around the tuna. Spoon a little of the pickling juices around the cucumbers, and serve. (Sometimes I add a little grated orange zest for garnish as well.)

For the adobo:
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
Rub each of the tuna steaks with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil and sprinkle generously with the adobo. (Reserve any extra adobo spice rub for another use.) In a nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil until it begins to smoke. Sear the tuna on each side for only 1 minute — the tuna is served rare. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
* Meat/Fish can also be broiled or barbequed.

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