Tuna Crusted with Aleppo Peppers with Tangerine-Green Onion Relish, Melted Leeks and Red Wine-Pomegranate Reduction

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  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 (7-ounce) tuna steaks


1/4 cup ground Aleppo peppers

3 tablespoons olive oil

Melted Leeks, recipe follows

Tangerine-Green Onion Relish, recipe follows

Red Wine-Pomegranate Reduction, recipe follows

Tangerine-Green Onion Relish:

3 tangerines, peeled and segmented

2 green onions, grilled and thinly sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds, broken

Salt and pepper, to taste

Melted Leeks:

4 leeks, split 3/4 of the way, washed well

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

Salt and freshly

1 large carrot, coarsely chopped

1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon butterground pepper, to taste

Red Wine-Pomegranate Reduction:

2 cups red wine

1 cup port 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses 

2 tablespoons granulated sugar 

1 tablespoon cold butter 

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Season tuna on both sides with salt. Dust 1 side of the tuna with the peppers. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the tuna, pepper side down, until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes, turn over and continue cooking for 2 minutes for medium-rare doneness.
  2. To plate, divide the melted leeks onto 4 serving plates. Arrange each tuna steak on top of the melted leeks. Place a tablespoon of the Tangerine-Green Onion Relish on top of the tuna, and drizzle the entire dish with the Red-Wine Pomegranate Reduction.

Tangerine-Green Onion Relish:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Melted Leeks:

  1. Place leeks, onion, carrot, celery, and water to cover in a large pot and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain well and thinly slice.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add leaks, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

Red Wine-Pomegranate Reduction:

  1. Place wine and port in a small saucepan and reduce to 1 cup. Whisk in pomegranate molasses and sugar and taste for sweetness. Whisk in cold butter just before serving and season with salt and pepper, to taste.