Pepper-Crusted Tuna with Green Olive Sauce
Created by Michael Lomonaco (Nightly Specials)
It's sort of like a tuna martini! This delicious dish is cooked with vermouth, gin and olives.
Servings: Makes 4 servings
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) tuna steaks , 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini or yellow squash , julienned
  • 1 small carrot , julienned
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 16 (martini-size) pitted green olives , sliced into thin rings
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter , cut into 3 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Directions
    On a large sheet of waxed paper, combine breadcrumbs and pepper. Coat tuna steaks evenly with bread crumb mixture, pressing so that coating sticks.

    In a 12-inch sauté pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Reduce heat to medium and add tuna steaks. Cook until crumbs turn golden brown, about 2 minutes. Carefully turn steaks and cook 2 minutes for rare or 3 minutes for medium-rare. Move tuna to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.

    Add zucchini to same pan and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring, 1 minute, or until wilted. Add carrot and cook, stirring, 2 minutes, or until vegetables are tender-crisp. Stir in shallot, olives, thyme, gin and vermouth, and cook 1 minute. Add stock and bring to a boil; let boil 1 minute or until reduced slightly. Stir in butter and salt. Remove pan from heat; discard thyme.

    To serve, cut each tuna steak in half. Arrange sautéed vegetables in the center of 4 plates and stack 2 tuna halves on top of each; drizzle with sauce.


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