Fiddler's Favorite Recipes Episode 4: Tuna Tuesday with Elissa Lee Koljonen

March 31, 2020, 12:36 PM · Let’s make today Tuna Tuesday!

Elissa Lee Koljonen and tuna
Violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen and her favorite tuna dish.

This healthy, simple, quick and delicious recipe is brought to you by my good friend Elissa Lee Koljonen a fabulous violinist and protégée of Aaron Rosand. She was the first recipient of the prestigious Henry Szeryng Foundation Award, silver medalist in the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and fellow classmate at the Curtis Institute of Music - with a cameo appearance by her lovely daughter Sofia.


Tuna Patties

  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 egg
  • cooking oil of choice (I prefer avocado oil)

Sautéed Bok Choy with Garlic

  • chopped Bok Choy (any desired amount)
  • chopped garlic (I like a lot!)
  • soy sauce (to taste)/li>
  • sesame oil (optional)
  • cooking oil of choice

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April 1, 2020 at 03:17 PM · I sometimes make fish patties too. I prefer canned red salmon, but you have to remove it from the can carefully and take out the bones and the skin. My mixture includes bread crumbs, eggs, sometimes sauteed finely diced vegetables like peppers and onions, a spice like chili or curry powder, and an herb like parsley or cilantro or tarragon. They turn out more like frikadellen.

When I do my Asian bok choy, I like to separate the white and green parts so that I can saute the white parts first and just add the green parts at the end with the soy sauce and sesame oil so they cook very lightly. I find that after chopping up the bok choy, the white and green parts can be washed separately right in my salad spinner. Just a bit of oyster sauce also works well instead of soy sauce -- it's stronger and less watery.

April 1, 2020 at 10:49 PM · So glad to have an idea for all those cans of tuna that's NOT a tuna melt! Thanks Elissa and Desirée!

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