Asian Tuna Noodle Bowls are easy to make and packed with great flavor and lean protein! Keep those resolutions to eat healthy with this simple and delicious recipe. Read on for details, or click here to jump down to the recipe.
Happy New Year! The Sunday Supper group is welcoming 2017 by sharing Easy Supper Recipes. We anticipate a lot of people will be looking for easy recipes they can make at home in the new year. Home cooking can help with many types of New Year’s resolutions–eating healthy, saving money and spending more quality time with the family, to name a few.
Our Asian Tuna Noodle Bowls recipe certain gets high mark on all those New Year’s goals. This dish can be on the table in 20 minutes, and provides a great source of lean protein. Oh yes, I can’t forget to mention that our Asian Tuna Noodle Bowls are so tasty, too…a great combo of salty and savory flavors.
Fresh tuna steaks can be pricey, but I have had very good luck getting frozen yellowfin tuna at the grocery store for a reasonable price. One tip for eating more healthy fish in 2017–keep in mind that there is virtually no waste when you get something like tuna steak. By comparison, you are likely to trim and discard parts of the meat you purchase, so the relative cost per pound figures can be a bit misleading.
Making Asian Tuna Noodle Bowls
The basic approach here is to get the water going for the noodles as you start to make a simple rub for the tuna and sauce for the noodles. Keep in mind you need to allow up to an hour for frozen tuna to thaw in some warm water. Cook the noodles and toss with the sauce, then quickly pan sear the tuna. I like to do 3 minutes total cooking time for a medium rare tuna that leans toward rare. Add a minute extra if you like but not much more!
Place a serving of noodles in a bowl, then lay several slices of tuna over the noodles. Sprinkle scallions and peppers for a great presentation!
Note I used whole wheat linguine for the noodles. I tend to have these on hand, but you could certainly use udon noodles here if you like. Definitely get a low-sodium soy sauce here to make the dish as healthy as possible. You could also try dialing back the amount of soy sauce if you are watching sodium closely, perhaps replacing a tablespoon or two of the the soy sauce with juice.
Wine Pairing for Tuna Recipe
I tend to gravitate toward red wine for a meaty fish like tuna–see for instance this Garlic Thyme Crusted Tuna paired with a Merlot. But given the Asian flavor profile of the dish, I was thinking a full-bodied white wine would be better. We opened a good Chardonnay from Sonoma County, and was very pleased with the pairing!
Asian Tuna Noodle Bowls
Pan seared tuna steak slices served with flavorful Asian style noodles for a quick and healthy meal.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Asian
- 1 lb tuna steak
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp coriander
- ½ tsp dried ginger
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp canola
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 yellow or red bell pepper, diced
- 10 ozs whole wheat linguine or udon noodles
- Begin bowling a pot of water to cook the noodles, and cook according to package instructions.
- Make the rub: combine the garlic powder, coriander, dried ginger and turmeric in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle about half the rub over one side of the tuna steak, then gently rub it into the fish. Turn the tuna over and repeat the process of applying the rub.
- Make the sauce for the noodles: combine the soy sauce, canola oil, honey and rice wine vinegar in a small bowl.
- When the noodles are cooked, drain the noodles. Toss the drained noodles immediately with the sauce. Set aside while you cook the tuna.
- Coat a nonstick skillet with oil spray. Heat on medium high. Add the tuna steak when the skillet is hot, and sear for 90 seconds. Turn the tuna over, and sear for another 90 seconds. Remove the tuna to a platter. Cut the tuna into slices about ½ inch thick.
- Place a serving of the noodles in a bowl. Arrange 4 slices around the top of the noodles. Sprinkle a bit of scallion and bell pepper over the tuna and noodles. Repeat the process for the other bowls you are preparing. Enjoy!
This looks delicious and the sear on your tuna is amazing! It looks cooked to perfection (which I have a hard time doing)
I buy the frozen tuna too when it is on sale here it is a great buy. Also I think a little tuna goes a long way!
always good to look out for those sales!
I LOVE tuna! It looks perfectly cooked, too. Tuna can be pricey, for sure, but since it doesn’t take much to make a meal it’s definitely worth it!
Exactly! About 1/2 pound of the frozen tuna costs us about $8 or $9, is enough for both of the fish eaters in the house.
I am starving right now and this is just the kind of dinner I would love to sit down to. It looks fab!!!
What a beautiful, colorful dish, David! Love the sear on that tuna and all the lovely flavors you’ve got going on here.
Thanks Stacy! We try to avoid too much cooking time on the tuna for sure.
Wow – what a perfect dish to warm up a January evening. I’ve started a workout routine and I’m searching for ways to incorporate lean protein into my diet and fish is on the list. Soup and pasta are my favorite things ever so this dish is a winner in my book!
this definitely is a good option for lean protein! The frozen tuna is handy to have around for this purpose.
Sounds tasty and love that sear on the tuna. Yum!