Timorese Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic and Butter

Photo copyright Jerry Redfern

Serves 4

Loads of garlic, butter, and sea salt make this tuna leap for joy. Forget tuna in a can. Fresh tuna steaks are as good, if not better than salmon.

Bold and intense, this recipe will transport you to the flavors of East Timor and an incredible meal, as remembered by Karen Coates of Rambling Spoon. Read Karen’s story – the inspiration for our recipe.

Perfect for Valentine’s day, or any special occasion.

Ingredients:

4 Tuna steaks
4 Tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic
coarse sea salt

Method:

Timorese Grilled Tuna Steaks are perfect for special occasions and as easy to make for 1 as for 100. In my humble opinion, however, two is ideal – after all, Valentine’s day is just around the corner.

Gather your ingredients. Only four are required (the sea salt is not pictured)! I love the simplicity.

Crush the garlic over softened butter…

Breathe in deeply. Smile.

Give the mixture a stir until the garlic is thoroughly combined…

At this point you have two options.

1) Smear the mixture on a tuna steak and wrap in foil. This will give you the most flavor (yum, fish swimming in garlic butter), but the final dish won’t be much to look at.

OR

2) Melt the butter/garlic mixture and…

…brush it on the tuna steak.

Either way, put the steaks on a medium-hot grill (preheat it for a good ten minutes)…

And let cook 2-4 minutes per side…

Or until you are happy with the results (Tuna is like steak, you can make it rare, medium, or even well done)

The sizzling steam will lure you in…

But there’s one more thing you must do before you dig in (not counting lighting a few candles and putting on some romantic music).

Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

Optional: Slice thinly and place on a bed of rice (or Tapai, a type of fermented rice popular in East Timor. Thanks to our reader, Brian S. for this suggestion).

Garnish with thinly sliced green onion.

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Loads of garlic, butter, and sea salt make this tuna leap for joy. Forget tuna in a can. Fresh tuna steaks are as good, if not better than salmon.Timorese Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic and Butter
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4people
Servings
4people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Crush the garlic over softened butter and stir until garlic is thoroughly combined.
  2. Then, either smear the mixture on a tuna steak and wrap it in foil (this gives you the most flavor, but less pretty) OR melt the butter/garlic mixture and brush it on the tuna steak.
  3. Then put the steaks on a medium-hot grill (preheat it for a good ten minutes) and let cook 2-4 minutes per side or just until you're happy with it.
  4. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  5. Optional: Slice thinly and place on a bed of rice (or Tapai) and garnish with thinly sliced green onion.
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Recipe Copyright Sasha Martin, Global Table Adventure. For personal or educational use only.

8 Comments

  1. What a wonderful idea! We cook only from the countries that we visit but I like the idea of trying dishes from all. I can’t wait to see what you continue cooking up.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thanks Akila! Glad to have a wandering spirit like yourself on our Adventure… keep in touch. :)

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