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Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

1 pineapple, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon
4 (6-ounce) tuna steaks
1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
Fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Brush the pineapple slices lightly with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, then place the pineapple slices on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until softened slightly and nicely marked by the grill, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and allow to cool to room temperature. Dice the pineapple slices (discard the tough core portions) and place in a medium nonreactive bowl. Add the red onion, bell pepper, vinegar, jalapenos, lime juice, cilantro and minced garlic. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and stir well to combine. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and set aside as you prepare the tuna.

Set a grill pan over medium-high heat. Season the tuna steaks with remaining salt and Essence and brush with the 2 remaining tablespoons of the olive oil. Place steaks on the grill, turning 45 degrees after 2 minutes. Repeat on the other side for an additional 2 minutes or until medium-rare. Remove from heat and set aside. Serve with the Grilled Pineapple Salsa.

Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Recipe from “New New Orleans Cooking”, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch
Published by William Morrow, 1993.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2007
Show: The Essence of EmerilEpisode: Grilling
Recipe found here: Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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