Sunday, May 29, 2011

Basil seared tuna

I bought a nice lookign piece of yellow fin tuna yesterday.  I've only started eating fish again in the last few months.  I can't eat tinned tuna, I'll never eat that stuff again.  But a tuna steak.. if its good.. can be delicious.  This is what I did with it.

Serves 2
350 - 400gm tuna fillet/steak
handful of fresh basil leaves
good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic
4 baby roma tomatos - I used kumatos

Cut tuna steak into batons, about 2.5cm square set aside on clean plate
put 4 tablespoons of olive oil into small bowl, half a teaspoon of sea salt, freshly ground pepper, then finely chop half the basil and stir into olive oil mix.  pour mix over batons and pat coating all over.
Heat non stick frypan over high heat.  put batons in for approx. 20seconds on each side (all 4 sides) then remove from pan to rest.
using same small bowl, mix another 4 tablespoons of olive oil, the garlic clove finely chopped, the rest of the basil finely chopped, more salt and pepper and chop up the tomatos then stir it all together.

slice the tuna with a sharp knife and place on plate, drizzle tomato mix over the top and serve with a fresh green salad or steamed greens.

I cooked mine a little longer than I would have liked.. but it still tasted heavenly.