Tuna Steaks, Madeiran Style


1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 or 3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon pepper
1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped parsley
1-1/2 pounds fresh tuna steaks, 1/2 inch thick
2 onions, sliced into thin rounds
2 red peppers, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1-1/2 teaspoons Portuguese "allspice" (see comments below)
1 ripe tomato, finely chopped


Combine vinegar, ⅓ cup olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and parsley in a zip-top plastic bag. Add tuna steaks, seal, and marinate 2 to 3 hours.

Saute onions until slightly soft. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Add red peppers; cook until peppers are tender and onions are golden. Add Portuguese allspice and set aside; keep warm.

Remove tuna steaks from marinade and pat dry. In a separate skillet over medium-high heat, sear tuna in 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove tuna from pan; keep warm. Add marinade to pan along with tomato, stirring until hot and slightly thick, about 3 to 5 minutes. Pour over tuna steaks. Place onion-pepper mixture on the side or on top of tuna. Serve with rice or boiled potatoes.


4 servings

Preparation Time

15 Minutes

Total Time

40 Minutes

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