Union Square Cafe's Marinated Filet Mignon of Tuna

READY IN: 42mins
Recipe by Docs Mom

This recipe is courtesy of Union Square Cafe NYC Michael Romano and was featured in Food Networks, The Best of Gourmet Greats. I hope you enjoy!

Top Review by GourmetGrandma

Our neighbor came back from a deep-sea fishing trip and blessed us with a hunk of fresh yellowfin tuna. Never having prepared it before, I tried this recipe. I only omitted the cayenne pepper & the pickled ginger but otherwise followed the recipe and bar-b-qued the chunks about 2 min. per side. I have to say, they did in fact resemble filet mignon...wonderful flavor and texture. If you are lucky enough to have access to yellowfin tuna, try this recipe. You won't be disappointed!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl large enough to hold the tuna. Place the tuna steaks in the marinade and refrigerate for 3 hours, turning every hour.
  2. Drain the tuna thirty minutes before cooking and bring to room temperature.
  3. Preheat a grill, grill pan or outdoor barbecue to very hot.
  4. Brush the tuna with olive oil. Grill the steaks for 1 to 2 minutes on each of their six sides. The outside of the tuna should be nicely charred, and the center should be barely warm and quite rare. Cooked this way, the tuna will remain moist and flavorful.
  5. Top each steak with pickled ginger and serve.

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