Tuna loin Carmello's way

Discussion in 'Fish' started by moikel, May 31, 2013.

  1. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I know the movie was Carlitos way.Carmello is a chef I have known for 20 years,he showed me this.

    This is a 1 kg bit of yellow fin tuna,what we call loin.

    I will trim that bloodline off then marinate in EVO ,orange juice & zest,ginger ,garlic,cbp,chilli. Just for an hour or so. 

    Then I will roll it in a mix of cbp & sichuan pepper,little sea salt. 

    In a heavy cast iron pan I will sear on every side so it cooks a fat half inch towards the centre from every direction.

    Rest it then carve it into steaks.

    Most likely I will fry some onions really slow & caramelize them add the leftover marinade ,bubble then serve  onions on top but neatly.[​IMG]

    I told Choupic I would show & tell this but this is not sashimi grade tuna. Pretty good bit of fish just the same.
  2. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      If it weren't an 18 hour flight, I would be on my way! But by then it will all be gone! Great score Moikel.

  3. akhap

    akhap Smoke Blower

    That does look very good! How thick do you slice the end pieces? I am accustomed to searing as steaks and wonder about the advantages possible in bigger chunks...

    BTW the "blood line" is really just slow-twitch muscle tissue and does most of the work of moving the fish through the water, all day, everyday. The rest of the muscle is only used when extra speed or quickness is needed.
  4. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Its a nice way to eat tuna. A lot of it is already cut into steaks at the market but they sit on display for too long. One of the Sicilian boys I know at the market got this for me out of the cool room. He knows Carmello as well.

    Enjoy your trip ,its a long one!
  5. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never eat the dark meat ,dogs on the other hand think its xmas.

    I just think it stays moist,you get a better sear & you can get a crust on the outside.I have seen people get very fancy with the crust using sesame seeds & other things .I just get a little wary of burning spices. You have to be prepared for rare in the middle.

    Many years ago in the Basque part of France I  had tuna steak ,medium rare with fried onions,splash of sherry vinegar & Espellete chilli peppers[​IMG],so I sort of incorporated that into it .[​IMG]  Thats just the way I  cook.
  6. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't grill this over charcoal,its winter here so dark at 530! In summer I do it on the Weber I will either do it on cast iron griddle or heirloom cast iron pan.
    Ido onions seperate fry slow,garlic,a chilli, then a bit later brown sugar,splash of sherry ,splash of sherry vinegar. Just really slow,until they are really dark & soft.
    I cut steaks about an inch thick, part of the reason is the precut steaks sit out to long for my liking & it's mostly the lesser grade fish that's steaked to begin with the colour s sometimes a little funny. Loin is a great cut from a smaller fish that's just my view of course but the big 50kg & up fish are all earmarked for the Japanese restaurant buyers so out of my reach anyway.
  7. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OK  its done,dinner time for us sleeping time for most of you.

    Gave it a dust of ground sichuan pepper,black pepper & smoked paprika,didn't pat it dry wanted the flavours of marinade on the surface.

    Into old black pan,fry hard on each side in EVO.

  8. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Then its a matter of timing it.I did my best ,then rested it & cut it. Still a little rare,so put cut steak back in pan one side only 30 secs. Both sides for the butchers daughter. Just changed colour ,just. 

    I had put marinade in pot ,reduced it with a slug of sherry vinegar . 

    Put my sweet /sour onions on steak sauce on the side.

    bear in mind the bottom is coloured.

    It is a bit 2 dishes in one,you could just do it with the sweet & sour onion Basque style BUT  that orange,ginger,sichuan pepper deal made a lovely sauce.Even made broccoli edible [​IMG]

  9. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thats the butchers daughters plate,hit each cut side 15 seconds max. Its just about where you are on rare.But cut like that it could be eye fillet of beef & lots of people eat that pretty rare.

    Left overs will be a version of salad Southern French meets China. Orange,ginger & Sichuan pepper pretty special.
  10. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Straight out of pan resting could be AAA grade beef if you didn't know better.
  11. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That looks great, Mick. I'll take the first plated shot as mine!  I definitely prefer the nice outside sear, but rare center on tuna. 

    I love the sound of the marinade and sauce. I've had absolutely no luck coming up with shad roe (or any kind of roe) where I live, but I know for sure that I can get tuna!

    Have a great day!
  12. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Glad you liked it.Mullet roe disappeared lucky I  got what  I could when I  could. It will be sporadic,weather not favourable.Other fish roe available but not for me.

    You just need input on how your tuna is cut.Those tail sections are great I have seen it done with bigger bits,cooled then cut thin on a meat slicer,served room temp but thats real high end & a bit tricky.

    This way when you cut it if its still to rare ,just colour one side.

    I  do like the orange with it very Southern Italian.The onions are also a nice contrast. I just like that Sichuan pepper but you could leave it out.Bed time for me, have a great summers weekend.
  13. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very beautifully done!  Looks delish!

  14. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    That looks awesome moikel ! Now , the next time my wife comes home with a slab of tuna , I'll know exactly what to do with it . Thanks !
  15. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I love a nice rare tuna steak and your's looks fantastic!

    Thank you for sharing this!

  16. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Shut The Front Door [​IMG]  . Lucky you to live where fresh Seafood is available. here in oihO it etther been frozen for months or to expensive to afford . . . even on Pay Plan at QVC.[​IMG]

    You ever have too much, Send it to me >>> I'll send my Addy.[​IMG]
  17. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Glad you all liked it. I cant see why it wouldn't work with swordfish,marlin or similar . Just got to be super fresh. The Japanese are all mad about belly & shoulder so the loin is often a bit cheaper.But the restaurant trade want big tuna.I dont pretend to understand all the cultural aspects of it I just know how I like to eat it.

    Sydney is the biggest city here somewhere on the fat side of 4 mill. The main fish market is only about 10 minutes away from my house & on the way to work but not smelling distance[​IMG].

    We also get a lot of seafood from New Zealand as well. I have a few contacts amongst the Italians who work there so I get looked after.

    I normally make a version of anchovy ,called alici in Sicilian,every season. Lot of work,about a 5 week turn around from market to jar,then 3 weeks to mature in the oil,preserved lemon,garlic,chilli,rosemary. One of my Italian friends said "There is only a few old nonna's prepared to do it nowadays & you !"
  18. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    Had a pleasant surprise this evening when I got home from work ! My wife knew how much I enjoyed the tuna from last week , so she brought home more and had it cooked when I got home .

    Since now I'm an expert on cooking tuna , in my own mind , I was a little skeptical about how it was cooked . Lol But it was almost as good as the ones I cooked last week . Just kidding , it was a close race .

    Moikel , you could say we live in a seafood market . South Louisiana has so much seafood to offer . I can honestly say I've never actually bought a piece of fish in my life , besides an occasional sack of crawfish and this latest few pieces of tuna .

    I have a feeling tuna will be on the menu from here on out . Thanks for all your help !
    Last edited: May 31, 2013
  19. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That looks great Mick. Can't be too Rare for my taste. I sold a lot of Jerk marinated Tuna Steaks in my Restaurant...JJ
  20. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is a big compliment!  Nobody cooks as well as your nonna! 

    (My maternal grandmother, Nonna Marcelina, was full Italian. Man, she could cook.) 

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