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Serves : 4
© Melanie Acevedo

How to Make It

Step 1    

Put 1/3 cup of the mint in a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl. In a small stainless-steel saucepan, bring the water to a simmer over moderate heat. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Stir in the vinegar, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Pour the mixture over the mint in the bowl. Let sit 15 minutes.

Step 2    

Light the grill or heat the broiler. Coat the tuna with the oil. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Cook the tuna for 4 minutes. Turn and cook until done to your taste, 3 to 4 minutes longer for medium rare.

Step 3    

Strain the mint sauce through a sieve into a sauceboat or serving bowl. Stir in the remaining mint. Pass the sauce with the fish.

Notes

Fish Alternatives Mackerel and salmon are both full-flavored enough to take on this sauce.

Suggested Pairing

Look for the lightest, leanest white you can find; anything else will have a tough time with the mint. Try a Verdicchio-based wine from Italy or a Vinho Verde from Portugal.

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