Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Grilled Tuna with Basil Butter and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Now we all know that I am not a fish person but look at this dish! Who doesn't love any kind of flavored or textured butters? Can't you just imagine all those roasted tomatoes topped with fresh basil butter on that great cut of mouth-watering tuna? I'm sorry, but I can begin to like fish with a recipe like this.

It's been several days since my last post and I am sorry Dear Reader. However, tomorrow we are finally en route to San Francisco where I will begin yet another culinary adventure! First stop? The store to pick up some tuna to cook this Cooking Light recipe for my sister, her husband and my fish-loving boyfriend. A treat for all!

Grilled Tuna with Basil Butter and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Basil Butter:

3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced


2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


4 (6-ounce) tuna steaks (about 1 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
4 basil leaves (optional)

Prepare grill or broiler.

To prepare basil butter, combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides as needed. Set aside.

To prepare sauce, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and 2 garlic cloves; sauté 3 minutes. Add tomatoes; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in wine, capers, vinegar, and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley. Set aside.

To prepare tuna, sprinkle tuna with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place tuna on grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with sauce and basil butter. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.


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