Tuna Madeira Style (Bifes De Atum a Madeirense)

"From Jean Anderson, a lovely way to make tuna--though not the fashionable 'seared-on-the-outside/raw-on-the-inside' style of tuna. This requires you to plan ahead, as the fish should marinate 24 hours before you cook it. You can do the grilling over charcoal, on a gas grill or using a stovetop or George Foreman type grill."
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Ready In:
24hrs 15mins




  • Using a mortar and pestle, a fork or a mini-processor, combine the garlic, salt and pepper and oregano into a paste and blend in one tablespoon of the olive oil.
  • Rub the tuna steaks with this mixtures and place them in a non-reactive covered dish.
  • Tuck in the bay leaves and refrigerate the fish for twenty four hours.
  • The next day, preheat the grill and brush with olive oil if necessary.
  • Grill the tuna over high heat for about three minutes each side.
  • Delicious with a green salad and a nice feisty Portugese rose.

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