Friday, January 9, 2009

Recipe File: No, really

It's a good thing I made a smart-ass recipe last time, because I have no idea what I would name this post otherwise.

This meal came about after I grabbed a can of tuna, looked in the refrigerator, and found that the mayonnaise we have at my house has high fructose corn syrup in it. Seriously. Why the hell does mayonnaise need high fructose corn syrup? It's not supposed to be sweet!

Anyway, tuna salad was out. So I thought back to the last time I made fresh tuna (which was during March Madness last year), and came up with this little recipe inspired by the sesame/ginger glaze I made for that. This wasn't as good as fresh, pan-seared tuna, but it was still pretty tasty, especially after I wrapped it in lettuce.

1 can of tuna
about 1/4 cup of sweet onion, diced
4-5 radishes, sliced
1-2 tbsp teriyaki sauce (read the label; you might find high fructose corn syrup in it, as well)
salt, pepper, and ginger to taste
4-5 leaves of iceberg lettuce

Heat a (very) small amount of oil in a pan or wok. When the oil's hot enough to run quickly around the pan, throw in the onions, stirring constantly (you want them to caramelize, but not burn). As the onions start to turn brown, add the radishes. Cook just until the radishes start to turn translucent around the edges, then add the tuna. Splash in some teriyaki sauce, ginger, and salt and pepper. Taste, and add seasoning if you need it. You only need to cook it long enough to heat the tuna, and you don't want to overcook it and end up with mushy radishes. Spoon the tuna stuff onto lettuce leaves (iceberg works best for wrapping, in my opinion), and eat as lettuce wraps. Without the lettuce, it ends up a little dry, but as a wrap, it's just right. 

Let me know if you try it and come up with any variations (i.e. different spices). My next project (I think) is going to be a green tea protein shake. I'll let you know how that goes.


  1. Try canned salmon's soooo good.

  2. Tuna smells funny. When I feed it to my cat, my cat smells funny. I'm glad I don't eat tuna. :)