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Grilled Tuna with Basil-Walnut Sauce

Grilled Tuna with Basil-Walnut Sauce is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2

This thick sauce shows off summer basil at its best and is the perfect accent for the gentle flavor of albacore tuna. Grill olive oil-rubbed bread along with the fish, and serve briefly sautéed zucchini ribbons on the side.

Ingredients:

  • 2 albacore tuna steaks, each about 6 oz. and 1 inch thick
  • Kosher salt, to taste, plus 1/8 tsp.
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed, plus 1 1/2 Tbs.
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs. walnut pieces

Directions:

Place the tuna on a plate. Season on both sides with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the lemon zest. Brush with olive oil. Let marinate while preparing the sauce.

In a food processor, combine the basil, walnuts, the 1/8 tsp. salt and a generous amount of pepper. Process until finely ground. With the machine running, gradually add the 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Prepare a hot fire in a grill.

Place the tuna on the grill, cover the grill and cook, turning once, for about 3 minutes per side for rare, or until done to your liking. Transfer the tuna to 2 warmed individual plates. Top with the basil sauce and serve immediately. Serves 2.

Quick Tips: The sauce takes just a moment to prepare—simply puree the herb leaves, oil and nuts in a food processor. If the sauce seems too thick, you can thin it with additional oil. It is also great on any fish or chicken, or mixed into potato salad, and is easy to double.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Fresh & Fast, by Kristine Kidd (Williams-Sonoma, 2011).

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy, Elegant Weeknight Meal This tuna recipe was extremely easy to make when I was having a friend over for dinner mid-week. I followed the recipe for the sauce as written, but it did not appear to be enough to cover both pieces of fish so I ended up doubling it. Doubled, the amount was perfect. I prepared the fish in a grill pan on my stovetop instead of the BBQ and this worked out well. I served with green beans.
Date published: 2013-09-21
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