Friday, 16 June 2017

Seared Marinated Tuna Steak

The Sun's out! Summers here - so it's time to get the barbecue going. Marinated tuna steaks cooked quickly on a hot griddle and served with barbecued veg, a tomato salad and maybe some couscous is one of my favourite summer meals.

Fresh tuna steaks don't need much cooking at all, they dry out very quick and can become a 'woolly' texture. So the secret is don't cook them too long. They should be seared on a very hot, oiled griddle for a maximum of 2 minutes per side and should be very pink in the centre when served.

Recipe - for 2

2 red onions - chopped
juice of a lemon
2 fat cloves garlic - sliced
1 tablespoon light soy
handful fresh thyme sprigs
inner leaves and stalks from a head of celery - chopped
good olive oil
salt and black pepper

Optional - add some Thai chilli sauce or a sprinkle of chilli flakes are a great addition if your feeling a little spicy 

2 large tuna steaks

Place the tuna steaks into a bowl and drench with olive oil making sure all the steak is coated. Add the chopped red onions, the celery and the thyme to the bowl.

In dish mix together the sliced garlic, lemon juice and soy.

Pour the lemon juice mix over the steaks and move everything around - with your hands - to coat the steaks, onions etc. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for at least and hour - which gives you time to prepare some salads to go with it.

When your ready to cook heat a griddle to a high temperature and oil with either olive or avocado oil. When it's smoking hot place on the tuna - sans marinade and onions - and cook quickly on both sides - max 2 minutes per side. Remove from the griddle and place on hot plates to keep warm. 

Next quickly cook the onions - draining off most of the liquid from the marinade - you want to fry not steam, place the onion, garlic etc to the griddle and fry really quickly - let some burn and crisp a little. Place the cooked onions over the tuna and serve.

We had cooked and were halfway through eating before I remembered to take any pictures! I blame the wine and good company - but this was such a tasty marinade I decided to tell you about it anyway.

Have a great weekend and dig out your barbecue!
Love Lizx