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Seared Tuna Steak with Butternut Squash & Mushroom Risotto

Friday, 30 January 2009

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto with Tuna

Chinese New Year celebration starts with the new moon (first day of the new year) and ends with the full moon which is 15 days after the new moon. So it's 15 days of glorious food! Here I present you with more "lucky" foods. We ate more fish which symbolises a wish for excess of fortune every year. And served it with butternut squash risotto - a pool of gold.

Seared Tuna Steak with Sesame Crust



  • 2 (about 250g each) Tuna Steaks
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 tbs Dark Soy Sauce () - Pearl River Bridge is a common brand
  • 1 tbs Shaoxing Wine
  • 2 tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbs Mirin
  • 2 tbs Honey


  • Marinate tuna steaks for at least an hour.
  • Discard marinade.
  • Wash steaks and pat dry with kitchen towels.
  • Coat tuna steaks with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper on both sides of the steaks.
  • On a plate, lay sesame seeds.
  • Place tuna steaks on sesame seeds to coat the surface. Repeat for the other side.
  • Sear steaks in a pan over high heat. 1 min each side.
Butternut Squash & Mushroom Risotto

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients: serves 3

  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 3 tbs Olive oil
  • 1 large Onion - diced
  • 350g Butternut Squash - cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 200g Arborio Rice
  • about 600ml Chicken Stock (low-sodium)
  • 140g Mushrooms (I used Sainsbury’s taste the difference exotic mushroom selections which contains Yellow Oyster, Hon Shimeji and Shiitake) - sliced
  • 1 spoon Knorr Chicken Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Coriander (for garnishing)


  • In a pan, heat up 2 tbs of olive oil.
  • Add squash and fry until browned. Leave aside for later use.
  • In another pan, heat up 1 tbs olive oil and 1 tbs butter in a pan.
  • Add onions, saute until soften.
  • Mix in rice, fry until rice is translucent at the edges.
  • Add chicken stock (1/2 cup at a time), Knorr chicken powder, half of the fried squash and mushrooms.
  • Stir every now and then.
  • Add more water when liquid is completely absorbed.
  • Continue until rice is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Stir in the remaining fried squash.
  • Mix in grated nutmeg and add salt to taste.
  • Garnish with coriander.

33 oink oinks...:

5 Star Foodie said...

The tuna steak looks perfect and I love the sesame crust on it! The risotto is wonderful. Great dish!

Indonesia-Eats said...

tuna steaks! I love them so much esp crusted with sesame seed

Selba said...

Looks beautiful! Love to try the dish :)

Reeni♥ said...

Pools of gold are so delicious! What a gorgeous meal.

Maryann said...

This looks wonderful :)

Kevin said...

Nice looking risotto! I like the was the sweet squash works in a creamy and cheesy risotto.

duodishes said...

The tangy tuna steaks probably play nicely with the sweet butternut squash. The textures too! Great dinner.

Esi said...

I love butternut squash risotto! I bet the tuna went really well with it.

Donna-FFW said...

I love the risotto, with the butternut squash.. would you know if chicken bouillion powder would be the same as chicken powder? Id like to try this. What a wonderful meal you put together!

pigpigscorner said...

5 Star Foodie: Thanks. I love the flavour of sesame seeds!

Indonesia-Eats: Sesame seeds go so well with it!

Selba: Thank you =)

Reeni: Yeap, that pool was delicious =)Thank you.

Maryann: Thanks =)

Kevin: Thanks! They went well together! I am sure it would be better with parmesan cheese! Too bad my fiance hates cheese in risotto =(

duodishes: It was a great combination!

Esi: Yes, love them both!

Donna: I've never tried bouillon powder before, but I am sure they work the same way.

Tangled Noodle said...

Seared tuna steaks are one of my favorite dishes, if I can find good, fresh tuna. And the butternut squash mushroom risotto looks great!

Pam said...

The risotto looks rich, creamy and delicious. Although I am not a tuna fan, I must say it looks mighty tasty.

mikky said...

what a meal!!! everything looks so delicious and well cooked... :)

Hayley said...

That risotto looks amazing! You've included some of my favorite flavors, and I can't wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

Happy cook said...

I have never had fresh tuna. Always from the tin.
I have hear they are so delish when it is fresh.
Risotto looks so yumm.

Wild Boar said...

I think this was the Pig Pig's first attempt at "posh cooking" instead of the usual Chinese stir-fries and curries when we were in university. It went very well with the risotto.

Natashya said...

What a great dish! I love fresh tuna.

Grace said...

this is all kinds of delicious! i absolutely love butternut squash--i daresay it's my favorite variety of squash period, and that's saying a lot. excellent plate of food!

janetching said...

What a coincedence that you are also having pumpkin risotto too. Yours looks awesome! Pumpkin can symbolize prosperous too with it's golden orange, isn't it? Happy Chinese New Year of the Ox!

Navita said...

oh i m drooling...those look so good and love the steak idea.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Very yummy sounding dish with the sesame crust. And I have everything in the cupboard except for the tuna so that's great too! :)

Michelle said...

What a lovely plate of food - from the presentation to the contents. I especially like the sesame-seeds-on-the-tuna touch.

noble pig said...

What a beautiful dinner! Your presentation and photos are also exquisite!

Ben said...

15 days of glorious food like this sound very good to me. I've always like the combination of tuna and rice. I am hungry now!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Love the symbolism you've attached to the "western" food:-) Your risotto looks delicious!

Girl Japan said...

Fabulous plating, gorgeous dinner! Fantastic presentation, you are on a roll!!! The photos look fabulous as well!!!

Beachlover said...

east meet the west meal!! fablous and wonderful!!

Núria said...

Hi Pigpigscorner! Thanks for commenting in my blog :D. What a gorgeous dish!!! I love rice and a risotto is among my fave dishes :D. Happy New Year and let the good meals keep on comming!

pigpigscorner said...

Tangled Noodle: Thanks! It's really hard to find fresh tuna here, that's why I don't really cook it.

Pam: Thanks! The risotto was really creamy although I didn't add any cheese in. The tuna was really tasty after the marinate!

mikky: Thank you =)

Hayley: The risotto was really delicious and I think it would be better with white wine and cheese!

Happy cook: I've never had tuna from a tin actually. But fresh tuna is really meaty and delicious.

Natashya: Thanks!

Grace: Thank you! I love cooking with butternut squash.

janetching:Happy New Year to you too! Yes, the golden colour does symbolise gold!

Navita: Thanks!

Lorraine: It was great with the sesame crust, added so much flavour.

Michelle: Thank you =) The sesame was a great addition.

noble pig: Thank you =)

Ben: 15 days of glorious food = diet down the drain...but who cares =P

Marc: Call that "fusion" LOL

Girl Japan: Thank you!

Beachlover: My fusion attempt =P haha

Nuria: I love your blog! I love Spanish cuisine and you have lots of fantastic recipes!

KC said...

Looks very auspicious indeed! You are going to have a very good year!

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks. A Very happy and auspicious year to you too!

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

Looks so good.

pigpigscorner said...

Thank you =)

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