Thursday, 17 March 2011

Olive and Balsamic Tuna*

This is one of my favourite dishes.
Tuna steaks can be a little expensive, so we don't have it often.  It's a real treat, but still easy to prepare!
This recipe is for 2 since that's what I make, but it could be increased as well.

Make your marinade:

In a small bowl, mix
2 Tbsp. of Olive Oil

2 Tbsp. of Balsamic Vinegar

2 Cloves of peeled garlic, crushed

1/2 Tsp. of Dijon mustard

Put your tuna steaks into a shallow dish.  Season them with a little salt and pepper.

Pour the marinade over the tuna steaks and leave for a while- like 10-15 minutes.

Now take a couple of handfuls of olives and slice them in half.  You can use green or black.  I've used a mix.  I used A LOT of olives because we really like olives.

Now pull some a nice little bunch of leaves off of your fresh basil plant.  If you don't have a fresh basil plant, don't worry.  This step is optional.

Roll the leaves into a little cigar-type roll and slice them into thin-ish pieces.

Once your tuna is done marinating, put a grill pan (or regular pan) on VERY high heat.  Once it is nice and hot, pull the tuna steaks out of the marinade and put them in the pan.  The tuna should sizzle and start to sear. They don't need very long on each side- maybe a couple of minutes (depending on the thickness and personal preference).  

Toss the olives in the dish with the remaining marinade.

Once the tuna is just cooked, pour the marinade/olives on top of the tuna.  

Cook for a just a few more seconds, then add the basil to the top of the whole thing.

Put the tuna on your plate and then pour the olives and sauce over the top of it.


What are your favourite "special" dinners?

All photos in this post are personal. (Sorry for the crappy lighting, my over-stove light bulb burned out!)

*You can totally make this with pork too.  Use boneless pork loin chops and cook for 4 minutes on each side.


  1. Trivia fact: olives are the one staple food that I will not eat. There are some things that aren't my favorite, but this is the only one I won't eat.

  2. I actually remembered that about you. Don't worry... we still like you :) Any requests for a theme or ingredient? I'll try to oblige with something more Elizabeth-friendly...