Tuna Steaks With Plums


Pairing seafood with cheese used to be a culinary taboo, but chefs like Matt and Kate Jennings of the forthcoming Townsman in Boston are debunking that rule. “My family loves meaty tuna with sweet-tart plums and the salty bite of shaved Parmesan,” Matt says. “Use albacore, but if you have trouble finding it, striped bass or bluefish works beautifully.” Slideshow:  More Seafood RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners

Tuna Steaks With Plums
Photo: © Fredrika Stjärne
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped thyme

  • 2 teaspoons ground fennel

  • Four 8-ounce tuna steaks, about 1 inch thick

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 3 plums, quartered and pitted

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • Freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving


  1. In a baking dish, whisk 1/2 cup of the olive oil with the wine, mustard, thyme and fennel. Arrange the tuna steaks in the dish, turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  2. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Remove the tuna from the marinade, letting the excess drip off, then season with salt and pepper. Cook the tuna over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly browned but still pink in the center, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the tuna to a work surface and let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, add the plums to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until tender but not falling apart, about 4 minutes. Add the maple syrup and lemon juice and cook until syrupy, about 1 minute.

  4. Slice the tuna and transfer to plates. Spoon the plums and sauce over the tuna, top with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shavings and serve.

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