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Grilled Tuna with Cilantro Butter

Yield 6 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons peeled, minced gingerroot, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6 (4-ounce) tuna steaks (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 310
  • caloriesfromfat 57 %
  • fat 19.5 g
  • satfat 8.9 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 27.4 g
  • carbohydrate 5.5 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 75 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 442 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add butter, 1/4 cup cilantro, 2 teaspoons gingerroot, and garlic. Process until smooth. Shape mixture into a log. Wrap in wax paper, and chill until firm.

  2. Place tuna steaks in a shallow dish. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons gingerroot, brown sugar, and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; pour over tuna steaks. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.

  3. Remove tuna steaks from marinade, reserving marinade. Place grill rack on grill over medium-hot coals (350° to 400°). Place tuna on rack; grill, covered, 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Transfer tuna to serving plates.

  4. Divide chilled butter mixture into 6 pieces; place 1 piece of butter mixture on each tuna steak. Garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Light and Luscious