Grilled Tuna with Artichokes and Aioli

  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 garlic cloves, mashed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds baby artichokes (about 16), stems trimmed to 1 inch, top thirds cut off and discarded
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Four 6-ounce tuna steaks, about 3/4 inch thick

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic with 3/4 teaspoon of salt; mash to a paste with the back of a small spoon. Stir in the lemon juice and mayonnaise until smooth. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a thin stream until the aioli is emulsified. Refrigerate the aioli until serving.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the artichokes, cover with a lid slightly smaller than the saucepan to keep the artichokes submerged and cook until the bottoms are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the artichokes and spread them out on a large plate to cool slightly. Pull off the tough outer leaves and cut each artichoke in half. Pat dry.

  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the artichokes and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Transfer the artichokes to a platter and keep warm.

  4. Heat a cast-iron grill pan or large skillet. Rub the tuna with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the tuna over high heat, turning once, until browned and the meat is medium rare, about 3 minutes total. Transfer the tuna to the platter and serve immediately with the aioli and lemon wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Rare grilled tuna is meaty enough to serve with a light Pinot Noir.

Contributed By Photo © Anna Williams Published March 2000

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