Grilled Tuna with Lemon Caper Sauce


Do you ever get in the cooking rut of fixing what comes natural and easy to you?  Chicken, steak, burgers, etc, etc?? It's easy to get in that routine because whatever your staple meals are, you know it by heart, you know what to expect, exactly what ingredients you need without looking at a recipe, and how long it is going to take, right?

I was trying to think of something outside my "cooking rut" when I spotted some ahi tuna steaks on sale at a local market. Why not? They are tasty and healthy, and surely I can find a unique way to serve them!  So here we go . . .

A couple ideas caught my eye with the main ingredients being capers and lemon topping the tuna steaks, so after combining a couple different recipies and making a few adjustments, this experiment was a winner.  It might even make the list of the "normal routine"!

4 tuna steaks, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper
4 Tbl olive oil
4 Tbl capers, drained
1 Tbl fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Place the capers in a flat bottom small bowl and smash with a muddler or fork.  Add the lemon juice, parsley, 4 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper, and mix all together.  Grilling the tuna steaks is the best flavor in my opinion, but, if its a rainy evening, the broiler or fry pan will certainly do the trick.  Cook the tuna just a few minutes on each side, this fish will cook up quickly and will continue to cook after removed from the heat.  Tuna is just a little more special with some pink in the middle!

This sauce would be perfect with other white fish and even salmon, which will be my next experiment! Recipies like this are a good reminder that your Whole30, Paleo, or other healthy eating plans do not have to be boring - these flavors are outstanding without the heavy cream or cheesy sauces! 

So whether it's browsing the grocery store aisles, or perusing recipies on the internet or through books, be adventurous and step outside of your normal routine! Enjoy!