1 Tantalizing Tuna Recipe From Cabo Verde

1 Tantalizing Tuna Recipe From Cabo Verde

1 Tantalizing Tuna Recipe From Cabo Verde. Dreaming of a Cape Verdean getaway? This easy and flavorful tuna recipe brings the islands straight to your kitchen! Made with high-quality canned tuna and bursting with Cape Verdean spices, it’s a taste sensation in every mouthful. Enjoy it for a quick lunch or a light dinner—a delicious adventure for your palate!

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1 Tantalizing Tuna Recipe From Cabo Verde

1 Tantalizing Tuna Recipe From Cabo Verde. Dreaming of a sun-kissed escape? Arroz de Atum, a Cape Verdean staple translating to “Tuna and Rice,” can whisk you away with its simple yet incredibly flavorful profile. This dish features perfectly cooked rice infused with warm spices, tender chunks of tuna, and a delightful mix of textures.

Get ready for your Arroz de Atum adventure with ingredients you likely already have on hand:

Long-Grain Rice: This fluffy variety is the classic choice, perfectly complementing the tuna.
Canned Tuna in Olive Oil: Opt for high-quality tuna – it’s the heart and protein powerhouse of the dish.
Tomatoes: Freshly chopped tomatoes add a bright touch, but diced canned tomatoes work too.
Aromatic Base: Chopped onions and garlic lay the foundation for amazing flavor.
Manzanilla Olives (Optional): These mild and slightly salty olives are a Cape Verdean signature (green olives work too).
Spice Trio: Paprika, cumin, and bay leaf come together for a warm and inviting aroma. Adjust the quantities to your spice preference.
Fresh Herbs (Optional): A sprinkle of chopped parsley or cilantro adds a refreshing final touch.

Creating Arroz de Atum is a breeze, allowing the natural flavors to shine. Here’s how it goes:

1. Sautéing the Base: Heat olive oil in a large pot and add chopped onions and garlic. Cook them until softened and fragrant, releasing their aromatic oils to infuse the dish.
2. Spice Up Your Life:Once the onions are translucent, sprinkle in the paprika, cumin, and bay leaf. Stir everything together for a minute, letting the spices release their essence.
3. Tomato Time: Add your chopped or canned tomatoes and simmer the mixture for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the tomatoes to soften.
4. Rice on the Scene: Pour in the rinsed rice and stir to coat it evenly with the spiced tomato mixture.
5. Liquid Love: Use water or a combination of water and chicken broth for extra flavor. The amount depends on your desired rice texture. A general rule is 1 ½ cups of liquid for every 1 cup of rice.
6. The Simmering Symphony: Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover the pot tightly and let the rice simmer undisturbed, allowing it to absorb all the liquid and cook perfectly.
7. Tuna Time: Once the rice is cooked and fluffy, remove the pot from the heat. Gently flake in the drained tuna, taking care not to overwork the mixture.
8. Finishing Touches: Stir in the Manzanilla olives and season with salt and pepper to taste. If using, sprinkle with fresh herbs for a final touch of brightness.

Fluff your Arroz de Atum with a fork and serve it on plates. Enjoy it hot or at room temperature. Pair it with a simple green salad or roasted vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.

While the basic recipe is delicious, there’s room for creativity:

Spicy Twist: Add some red pepper flakes for a kick.
Seafood Symphony: Explore using canned sardines or salmon instead of tuna.
Veggie Delight: Replace the tuna with cooked chickpeas or black beans for a vegetarian option.
Aromatic Adventure: Saute chopped bell peppers or green peas with the onions and garlic for added flavor and color.

Arroz de Atum is more than just a recipe; it’s a celebration of Cape Verdean home cooking. This simple yet vibrant dish brings families and friends together for a delicious journey to the heart of Cabo Verde. So, the next time you crave a taste of sunshine and warmth, give Arroz de Atum a try!

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 beef or chicken bouillon cubes, (I prefer beef)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ cups long grain white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 16 tuna -ounce steak, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot, get your olive oil sizzling over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion, tomatoes, and garlic to the pot.
  3. Let them cook together for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they become fragrant and release their delicious smells.
  4. Toss in the bay leaves and the bouillon cubes. Keep stirring until the bouillon cubes dissolve completely in the oil, incorporating their savory flavor.
  5. Pour in the rinsed rice and water, making sure to stir everything together well to combine it with the other ingredients.
  6. Cover the pot tightly with a lid, and set your timer for 5 minutes.
  7. Let the mixture simmer undisturbed.
  8. After 5 minutes, take off the lid and add the flaked tuna to the pot.
  9. Give it a good stir to combine everything evenly.
  10. Put the lid back on the pot and continue cooking the rice and tuna mixture for another 10 minutes.
  11. Once the cooking time is done, remove the pot from the heat, but keep the lid on for an additional 5 minutes.
  12. This allows the rice to steam and absorb any remaining liquid for a perfectly cooked texture.
  13. After 5 minutes of resting, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.
  14. Now it’s ready to serve and enjoy!
  15. We hope you love this tuna and rice recipe. Feel free to leave a comment below and share your thoughts!
African, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cape Verdean

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