Letting Life Lead
Our honeymoon was in Nassau, Bahamas and we did what most healthy adults our age do in a an all-inclusive resort. We ate and drank. About fifteen pounds worth of indulgence. I stuffed my face with conch which can’t be gotten locally and one morning at our favorite morning eatery I saw tuna. Except it wasn’t fresh tuna and it wasn’t mayonnaise tuna. It was a reddish-pink hue. What was this New Thing? Dear Husband cared not for he was too busy with the pancakes, sausage, and bacon.
I was told it was steamed tuna.
Except in the Bahamas “steamed” doesn’t refer to steaming with water. It means a dish cooked with onions, peppers, and ketchup (or tomato paste).
Tuna and ketchup? I was at first put off (despite the appearance of ketchup in my family cuisine), but people had obviously been digging in the dish to serve themselves. I decided that there hadn’t been anything I’d eaten or drank in the last 48 hours that I didn’t like. Why not? And, oh my, it was good. Who knew? Canned tuna and ketchup!
Of course, when I got home I had to whip up a batch just to be sure I could duplicate it. You can Cook Like You Mean it with out a friggin’ recipe, or you can follow this recipe here or this authentic one here: Recipes from Bahamas.
Bahamian Steamed Tuna
Canned tuna (I know the picture shows chunk light, but solid white is much better. Chunk light is very mushy)
green bell pepper
paprika (any kind will do)
celery seed salt (some recipes called for celery but I didn’t have that on hand)
ketchup (or tomato paste)
pepper to taste
Saute the onion, garlic, and green pepper in a little oil until they get all sweaty and sweet. Toss in the rest. Cook five more minutes. You can serve it right away, but really the flavors blend really well if it sits for a while. Serve with white rice, or over egg noodles, or with pasta shells. Or just get a spoon and eat it out of the pot. The next day it tasted even more divine and made divine tuna tacos.
I know it doesn’t look like it would be good, but it is! You might still hate it, but I make no guarantees on what your taste buds will like or reject.
My Minion number 1 said it was, “Yummy Mummy,” and Minion number 2 could not comment due to his stuffed mouth.
What do you think? Ever had Bahamian Steamed Tuna? Will you try it?
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