Monday, April 30, 2012

Broiled Ahi Tuna Provencal

Ahi tuna is a great dish for dinner.  It is packed with 133 mg of Omega 3 and only 61 calories.  Of course this just cooked with no sauce etc.  This recipe came from one of my seafood cookbooks.  Sometimes it is really hard to figure out just what you want to do with an ingredient, so this is when I rely on a cookbook for inspiration.

Broiled Tuna
2 tuna steaks, about 1 inch thick
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
Prepare Provencal Sauce and keep warm.  Combine olive oil and lemon juice.  Place steaks on a greased broiler rack and brush them with oil mixture.  Lightly salt and pepper.
Place steaks about 6 inches from heat source and broil until top side is tender about 8 minutes.  Turn and repeat until done, about 6 minutes.  Serve with sauce.
**NOTE:  I found that cooking the fish under the broiler for this amount of time cooks the tuna on a more well done side.  If you are like us we like our tuna cooked on the rare side.  My suggestion would be to reduce the amount of time the fish is cooked on both sides.

Provencal Sauce 
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon pressed garlic
1 large tomato, cut up
1 teaspoon fresh basil
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
In a small saucepan, heat oil.  Add garlic and saute until tender.  Add tomatoes and basil.  Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Add parsley.  Spoon over hot fish.

The meal was served with couscous and a small Caesar salad.

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