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Sicilian Tuna Steaks

September 28, 2009

I’ve got a few recipes backed up that I need to post, and the good news is that many of them are on the quick side.

sicilian tuna steaks

sicilian tuna steaks

First off is tuna steaks and a great money-saving discovery!  Actually, this is Greg’s discovery of frozen tuna steaks at Trader Joe’s that are very reasonably priced.  He bought a 2 pack of marinated tuna for less than $6.00 and brought them home to grill.  They made a great quick meal with some sauteed vegetables to throw on the grill, and they would make great grilled tuna sandwiches.

This weekend I went to Trader Joe’s with this recipe in mind and  picked up a two-pack of plain tuna steaks for $4.00.  You can’t beat it.  It’s not sushi grade tuna, so you don’t want to eat it too raw, but works great when you cook it to medium rare.  This recipe I made comes from the latest issue of Gourmet, and was a great way to make the tuna steaks a little Italian style.  The sauce on it reminded me a lot of a puttanesca sauce for pasta, with a nice bright, briney flavor.  Serves 2.


For the marinade:

1 T olive oil

1 T lemon juice

1 1/2 anchovy fillets, chopped, or 1 t anchovy paste

1 garlic clove, chopped

2 t finely chopped oregano

2 6 oz tuna steaks

For the  sauce:

1 T olive oil

1 large stalk celery, cut into 1/4″ dice

2 ripe medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4″ dice

2 T Kalamata olives, chopped

1 T capers, drained and chopped

2 T chopped fresh basil

1 T lemon juice


Combine all ingredients for marinade in a plastic bag and place tuna steaks in the bag, making sure each is coated.  Marinate tuna steaks at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat 1 T olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add diced celery and cook for 5 minutes, until tender.  Add tomatoes, olives and capers and cook for about another 5 minutes, until mixture is thick.  Add basil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.  Keep warm.

When tuna steaks are ready to cook, heat a grill pan coated with olive oil over medium high heat until smoking.  Grill tuna steaks for about 2-3 minutes each side, until pale pink in the center.  Spoon tomato sauce over tuna and serve.

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