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Tuna steaks with typical Madeira sauce

Tuna steak is one of the fish delicacies from Madeira’s gastronomy. In the old times, when the boats did not have freezers onboard, people had to cook the tuna very well and that tradition keeps going on many restaurants in Madeira. A delicious way is to grill or fry the tuna steak with garlic, salt and a little bit of ginger into rare or medium rare… But here goes the traditional Madeira way:

Keep in mind that fresh tuna must be blood out and the easiest/safest way is actually to buy it frozen.

How to do it:
  1. Cut the tuna fish (blooded out) in steaks, not too dense
  2. Marinade them for about 2 hours on olive oil, vinegar, garlic, laurel, peper, parsley, a bit of oreganos and salt.
  3. Fried them in olive oil
  4. After frying them, take them out and reserve them warm.
  5. Boil the marinade you made before on the same pan and with the olive oil you fried the tuna steaks
  6. Join the flour previously mixed with boiled water and passed through the grater into a consistent sauce.
  7. Lay the hot sauce over the steaks that you kept warm and serve them.

As we say in Portuguese… Bom Apetite!

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