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Tuna Steaks with Raw Puttanesca Sauce

Tuna Steaks with Raw Puttanesca Sauce


  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste or 4 anchovy filets, minced (optoinal)

  • About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 tablespoons capers, chopped

  • 1/4 cup oil-cured olives, pitted and chopped

  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped

  • 10-12 basil leaves, finely chopped

  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 4 tuna steaks (6 ounces each)

  • Salt and pepper


Whisk up the anchovies and 3 tablespoons EVOO, poured slowly. Add the tomatoes, capers, olives, parsley, red onion, basil, garlic and red pepper flakes; stir and let stand for 30 minutes. Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Drizzle the fish with the remaining olive oil, about 1 tablespoon, and season with salt and pepper. Cook the fish for 2 minutes on each side for rare, up to 4 minutes on each side for more opaque fish. Slice the tuna, then arrange on plates and top with lots of raw sauce.