Grilled Tuna with Lemon Anchovy Butter

Few meals are quicker to put together than this--grilled fish steaks topped with a simple compound butter. For even faster preparation, make the butter ahead of time and store it in the freezer until ready to use. The anchovy flavor here is quite mild; add more anchovy paste to suit your taste.

Yield: 4
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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 4 tuna steaks, about 1 inch thick (about 2 pounds in all)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Preparation

  1. 1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. In a small bowl, combine the butter, anchovy paste, lemon juice, parsley, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
  2. 2. Coat the tuna with the oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook the tuna for 4 minutes. Turn and cook until done to your taste, 3 to 4 minutes longer for medium rare. Top the hot fish with the flavored butter.
  3. Fish Alternatives: The lemon anchovy butter would also be very good with grilled halibut, swordfish, or salmon steaks.
  4. Variation: Grilled Tuna with Sun-Dried-Tomato Basil Butter
  5. Mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, 3 chopped oil-packed or reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper into 4 tablespoons room-temperature butter. Use this mixture in place of the lemon anchovy butter.
  6. Wine Recommendation: The trick here is to find a wine with enough body to go with the tuna but lots of acidity to stand up to the flavorful lemon anchovy butter. Try a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand or from California.
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