Grilled Tuna With Mojo

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  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
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1/2 to 1 small fresh jalapeno or serrano chile

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grilling

Handful fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped

Juice of 4 limes

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 (12-ounce) tuna steaks (about 1 1/4 inches thick)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Steamed green beans, for serving, optional


  1. 1. Heat an outdoor grill or a stovetop grill pan to medium-high. 
  2. 2. Halve chile lengthwise, remove stem, and scrape out seeds.(For maximum heat, do not remove seeds.) Thinly slice chile and set aside.
  3. 3. Stir garlic and olive oil together in a medium microwave-safe bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and microwave on HIGH until garlic is soft and aromatic, about 2 minutes. Stir in chile, lime juice, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon salt to hot oil. Set mojo aside to cool until ready to serve. 
  4. 4. Brush tuna with olive oil and season generously with about 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste. Grill, turning once, until distinct grill marks are seared into fish, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare or 4 to 6 minutes for medium-well. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. 5. Slice each tuna steak in half, divide among plates, and drizzle with some of mojo. Serve with green beans and any remaining sauce on the side.