Grilled Tuna with Herbs

Grilled Tuna with Herbs

(4 servings)

4 (1-inch-thick) tuna steaks
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp chopped thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat outdoor grill or oven broiler to high.

Sprinkle tuna pieces on all sides with salt and pepper.

Combine oil, garlic, thyme, lemon rind and red pepper flakes. Blend well and brush fish all over with mixture.

Scrape remaining oil mixture into a small saucepan and add butter and lemon juice.

If the fish is to be cooked on an outdoor grill, place pieces directly on the grill. Cook, turning often, 5 to 6 minutes.

If fish is to be cooked under the broiler, place it in a dish about 2 inches from the source of heat. Leave broiler door partly open. Let cook 3 minutes and turn. Cook the other side 2 to 3 minutes.

Put steaks on individual plates or on a platter. Heat the oil and butter mixture and pour it over the fish.