Grilled Tuna With Lemon Anchovy Butter

Course : Grilling
Serves: 4
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4 tablespoons butter -- at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
4 fillets tuna steaks -- about 1 inch thick -- (about 2 pounds in all)
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Preparation / Directions:

1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. 2. In a small bowl, combine the butter, anchovy paste, lemon juice, parsley, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. 3. Coat the tuna with the oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. 4. Cook the tuna for 4 minutes. Turn and cook until done to your taste, 3 to 4 minutes longer for medium rare. Top the hot fish with the flavored butter. Fish Alternatives: The lemon anchovy butter would also be very good with grilled halibut, swordfish, or salmon steaks. Variation: Grilled Tuna with Sun-Dried-Tomato Basil Butter Mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, 3 chopped oil-packed or reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper into 4 tablespoons room-temperature butter. Use this mixture in place of the lemon anchovy butter.

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