Tuna steak

What are the greatest recipes deriving from traditional Mediterranean seafaring? Well, there are many delicious dishes, all tasty and healthy, that come from this huge sea of teeming life which has been so fundamental to the lives of all the people living near it, and who understand profoundly the traditions associated with it. Today, so as not to forget our immense good fortune in this resource, we are going to make a specialty of the islands of Sicily and Sardinia in particular: a gorgeous tuna steak, the main character of all the most popular festivals in vogue in these regions, and which we will dress in an imaginative and flavourful way. Are you ready to create flavour and originality for your dining table by making one of the most traditional fish recipes of Italian cuisine? If you follow our tips you will stun and impress your guests!


  • tuna Fresh tuna fillet (if possible, very thickly cut)
  • sea salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • capers
  • black olives
  • tomatoes Cherry tomatoes
  • basil
  • white wine
  • sugar
15 minutes Total time
Serves 4 persons
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With a suitable knife for cutting meat and fish (I prefer Yanagi-ba knives) portion your tuna steak and sprinkle with whole sea salt. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and crush together some basil, olives and capers with a pestle and mortar. Heat about a finger and a half depth of oil in a frying pan and plunge in the tuna steaks. You'll have to cook them for about 30 seconds on each side on a high heat so that they are seared brown on the outside but remain raw inside. Once nicely browned, remove them from the pan and let them rest on some paper towels. Meanwhile, add to the remaining oil - which contains all the flavour from the tuna - the tomatoes and the mashed up basil, capers and olives, sauté well and sprinkle with a dash of wine. Salt and sweeten to taste and remove from the heat when you see that the juices begin to thicken into a sauce. Cut the tuna into not-too-thin slices, and arrange them like a fan on a long narrow plate. Serve the slices smeared with the tomato sauce.

To make your tuna even more tasty and exclusive, we suggest you dress it with balsamic vinegar and a light lemon or orange juice.
Tuna is a typical fish of the Mediterranean and is distinguished by a particular characteristic: it is the only fish with warm blood.

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