Do you whistle a happy tuna? Or do you just whistle happy (show) tunes? Either way, this tuna dish is something wonderful!
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No, I haven’t gone completely barking mad. Please don’t start whistling into tunas. That kind of thing can get you into trouble. But DO try this super easy recipe – with just a few ingredients you can create an amazing sauce for a tuna steak that will really impress your guests.
The dish was inspired by The King and I – a Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical based around The King of Siam and Anna, a widowed schoolteacher. Set in the 1860s, the show studies the conflict and love between the two characters, and the difficulties that follow as their relationship develops.
The musical opened on Broadway in 1951, and a movie version followed in 1956 starring Yul Brynner (who actually went on to play the role on Broadway and the West End – right up until 1985!). The role of Anna has been played by some notable actresses over the years, including Elaine Page, Angela Lansbury, Hayley Mills, Marie Osmond and Eileen Brennan.
So if you want to try Something Wonderful for dinner, Shall We Dance to this Happy Tuna?
Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper. Preheat a griddle pan and cook the steaks until they are cooked to your liking, turning half way through cooking.
Meanwhile, add butter, soy sauce and wasabi paste to a small saucepan. If you’re fresh out of wasabi you can also use prepared horseradish. If I ever get sushi delivered at home I often keep any leftover wasabi just so that I can make this recipe!
Cook the sauce on a low-medium heat, stirring frequently, until the butter has melted and emulsified with the other ingredients.
Slice the tuna and place on a serving plate (a bed of something green leafy always looks good), then pour the sauce over the steaks, garnish with sliced green onions, and serve.