Grilled Tuna Steaks over Arugula Salad Recipe

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I adapted this recipe from one in Cook's Illustrated and served it during a trip to San Luis Obispo with friends. The vinaigrette was fantastic and the technique for marinating the fennel bulb slices in the vinaigrette to soften it is definitely a keeper. You could try this with just about any fish with good results I think. I prefer my tuna medium that's what this recipe will deliver. Grill longer if you want medium or well done.

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Servings: 6


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  1. Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Clean cooking grate and spray grill oil on liberally or brush repeatedly with well oiled paper towels.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, basil, mustard, honey, 2/3 tsp kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper together in a bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle oil into mixture.
  3. Clean the fennel and slice the bulb very thinly. Throw out the stalks and chop the fronds (leaves). Put the sliced fennel bulbs in the remaining vinaigrette and stir to coat. Slice the tomatoes thinly. On salad plates, spread a few handfuls of arugula and place tomato slices over the arugula.
  4. Pat fish dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Spread vinaigrette over fish with a spoon or brush.
  5. Place fish on grill and cook until grill marks form, about 2-3 minutes. Flip fish and cook until white at the perimeter and red at the center, about 2-3 more minutes. Remove fish from grill.
  6. Divide the marinating fennel bulb over the arugula and tomato on each plate. Place the grilled tuna pieces on top. Spoon any remaining marinade over the tuna and serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 89g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 186  
Calories from Fat 164 88%
Total Fat 18.53g 23%
Saturated Fat 2.54g 10%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Potassium 169mg 5%
Total Carbs 4.66g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 3%
Sugars 3.56g 2%
Protein 1.27g 2%



  • August 29, 2012
    John, This tuna steak recipe sounds really good, but as you have grown to know me, I always put my two-cents to any recipe. Instead of the 'vinegar', which I have used, I prefer a little red cooking wine or even a bit of Merlot. Also, I found a finely ground fennel spice in Pittsburgh over Christmas 2010, and it is a sweet fennel that I add even to eggs. Oh! Yummy. If you cant find ground, buy fennel spice and grind it yourself, and add a little to this recipe, and oh wow. Bon Apetite!
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    • Linda Hanson
      August 31, 2012
      This was light and refreshing, yet hearty enough to be a full meal. Very tasty!
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