Azorean Style Tuna Steaks (Bifes de Atum à Moda do Açores)

Bifes de Atum à Moda do Açores, or Azorean Style Tuna Steaks are one of the most traditional and delicious dishes from the islands of the Azores. Lightly cooked tuna steaks are quite possibly one of my favorite meats to eat, especially with an extra signature Portuguese spice kick along with some fresh vegetables on the side. Being Azorean I have had this dish many a time and fresh tuna made this way just never gets old. Try this delicious Azorean dish out, and tell us what you think!

1 and a half pounds fresh tuna
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon parsley chopped
pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Piri Piri (hot sauce)
5 garlic cloves chopped
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup Portuguese white wine
4 tablespoons olive oil

Side salad:
1 tomato chopped
1 pepper chopped
1 oz. freshly cooked fava beans

1) After cutting the fresh tuna into steaks, place them in a bowl with the chopped garlic, bay leaf, parsley, white wine, vinegar, hot sauce, and pepper to taste.
2) Let it marinate for 3 hours.
3) After that take the tuna steaks out and dry them, then start frying them in a pan in the olive oil.
4) Once they have been fried a bit, add the flour to the steaks and let them continue cooking.
5) Now add the marinade to the pan and let it cook longer.
6) After cooking about 5-7 minutes and it is done, place it in a plate along with the side salad.
7) Serve and enjoy!

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