Recipe of the Month: Seared Maldivian Tuna

Seared Maldivian tuna with tropical fruit salsa

Expert, imaginative and above all delicious food is among the many qualities that distinguish SLH. For some this will mean a Michelin-starred tasting menu; for others an opportunity to sample authentic local dishes in a beautiful and restful setting. We hope you agree that the variety and originality of these recipes demonstrates the independently-minded approach to quality that helps our hotels stand out from the crowd.

Enjoy our recipe of the month, Seared Maldivian Tuna with tropical fruit salsa from the Etesian Restaurant at Velassaru Maldives.  

Maldives Tuna

Ingredients (Serves 2)

2 160g tuna steaks

Carrot purée

  • 60g carrot
  • 10g onion
  • 10g garlic
  • 30ml cream

Risotto cake

  • 10g onion
  • 10g garlic
  • 40g arborio rice
  • 100ml vegetable stock
  • 20ml cream
  • 10g parmesan cheese

Vegetable ribbons

  • 20g green courgette
  • 20g yellow courgette
  • 20g carrot
  • 20g white radish

Tropical fruit salsa

  • 10g finely diced dragon fruit
  • 10g finely diced mango
  • 10g finely diced pineapple
  • 10g finely diced guava
  • 10g red thai chilli
  • 5g coriander
  • 5ml lime juice

Micro greens & edible flowers

Lets' cook

  1. To prepare the carrot purée sauté the onion, garlic and cooked carrots in 10ml of olive oil in a small pan until the onions are translucent.
  2. Transfer to a blender and purée with the cream to the desired consistency. Stir in salt and season with white pepper.
  3. Sauté the onion, garlic and rice for the risotto cake in 10ml of olive oil until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the vegetable stock a third at a time: cook over a medium heat, keeping stirring until all the stock is absorbed. Repeat until all the stock has been used and the rice is cooked.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat then add the cream and cheese. Stir in salt and season with white pepper, then set aside to cool.
  6. Once cooled, divide the risotto in two and form each portion into a cylinder.
  7. Before serving crisp each side in hot oil in a shallow pan.
  8. Cut the vegetables into long thin strips with a mandolin.
  9. Cook until al dente in hot water then plunge into iced water and drain.
  10. When ready to serve, sauté in 10ml of olive oil in a small pan.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Combine the finely diced fruit for the salsa in a small bowl with the chilli, chopped coriander, a little olive oil, lime, and salt and pepper. Season the tuna with salt and pepper.
  13. Gently place the tuna in the pan with a little olive oil and cook to the desired finish: we recommend rare.
  14. Spread carrot purée on the plate, followed by the risotto cake and vegetable ribbons.
  15. Place the tuna on top with a spoonful of tropical fruit salsa.
  16. Garnish with micro greens and edible flowers.