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Tender tuna

Tender tuna

Cooking tuna can be tricky: undercooked it is unappetising, overcooked it dries out rapidly.

Here is a method which guarantees that your tuna will be perfectly cooked and tender.

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Last modified on: March 26th 2014

For 4 people, you will need:

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PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
10 min.30 min.9 min.49 min.
Preservation: Should be eaten immediately after cooking.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Tender tuna : Photo of step #1 Trim, rinse and dry the tuna, then cut into thick portions.

Salt and pepper on both sides.
Stage 2
5 min.
Tender tuna : Photo of step #2 Prepare the marinade by mixing 3 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons herbs of your choice, salt and pepper.
Stage 3
30 min.
Tender tuna : Photo of step #3 Put the tuna to marinate and leave for at least 30 minutes.
Stage 4
2 min.
Tender tuna : Photo of step #4 Heat a frying pan on medium heat without adding any fat. When hot, add the tuna. Cook for 2 minutes on the first side, then turn.
Stage 5
7 min.
Tender tuna : Photo of step #5 For perfectly cooked fish, stick an electronic thermometer into the centre of the tuna and watch the temperature. The fish will be perfectly cooked when it reaches 158°F (70°C).

Turn off the heat immediately and leave the fish in the pan for a further 3 minutes to cook gently for a little longer.
Stage 6
Tender tuna : Photo of step #6 Serve immediately with whatever accompaniment you choose. Here it is served with a red cabbage and walnut salad.

Remarks

It is not easy (maybe impossible even?) to give a precise cooking time for tuna, as this will depend on your hob and the thickness of the fish. This is why a thermometer is particularly useful in this recipe.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 13.15 €
Per person : 3.29 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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