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      RECIPE TITLE "Grilled Tuna with Tahini Parsley Sauce"
    Recipe from Simply Shrimp, Salmon and Fish Steaks , copyright © 2000 by Leslie Glover Pendleton. All rights reserved.

    yields serves 4 time---difficultyeasy

    The first meal my mother-in-law prepared for me was the inspiration for this dish. Her tuna salad, drizzled with tahini dressing and topped with toasted pine nuts, caramelized onions, and parsley leaves, is still one of my favorites. The recipe was passed on to her from a Lebanese friend in Ohio.


    For the sauce:
    3 tablespoons stirred tahini (see Note)
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
    6 tablespoons water
    6 tablespoons olive oil
    1/4 cup minced parsley
    freshly ground black pepper

    1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna steak (1 inch or thicker), cut into 4 portions
    vegetable oil for brushing tuna and grill


    In a bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients until smooth, and season with salt and pepper. Let the sauce stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour.
    Trim away any dark meat from the tuna and brush all sides with oil. Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
    Preheat a grill, or broiler with rack in the top position.
    Brush the grill with oil and grill the tuna (or broil it on a rack set in a baking pan) for 3 minutes on each side.
    Serve the tuna immediately with the room temperature sauce.

    NOTE: Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds, and is available in most supermarkets. As it stands, the oil separates to the top (like fresh peanut butter), so the paste must be stirred to recombine it. Sometimes it is easier to stir with a fork, as the paste under the oil can be quite dense.
    The sauce can be kept at room temperature for up to 8 hours, otherwise refrigerate it, covered, for up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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