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Food & Wine Friday: Pepper Encrusted Ahi Tuna Lettuce Wraps

This Week In Food & Wine: Quick & Healthy Black Pepper Encrusted Ahi Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Fewer foods are quicker and healthier than fish. That’s why we chose these Black Pepper Encrusted Ahi Tuna Lettuce Wraps. Wow, (saying) that was a mouthful! Anyway, in less than 30 minutes you’ll be grubbing, sipping and relaxing. After preparing these Ahi Tuna Lettuce Wraps you’ll feel like a professional chef to the stars; of course you’re the star! Kick off your shoes, grab a Grape Certified bottle of wine (see below) and post up on the patio.

This Ahi Tuna Lettuce Wraps recipe feeds 4 and has a prep & cook time of 20 minutes so open a bottle of wine and it’ll be ready when lunch is served!


a. 2 center-cut Ahi tuna fillets

b. 1 1/2 tsp sea saltc. 1 tsp ground coriander

d. 1 tsp paprika

e. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

f. 1 1/2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper

g. 2 tbsp olive oil

h. 1 head of Romaine or Butter lettuce

i. 2 thinly sliced avocadoes

j. Thinly sliced strawberries

k. Shredded carrots

l. 4 lemon wedges

m. 6 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar

n. 1 lemon, juiced

o. 1 garlic clove, peeled, halved


Food Preparation:

a. Place the balsamic vinegar, garlic and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer until reduced by half. Remove from heat and set aside. This sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

b. Slice the tuna fillet into 4 equal size rectangular steaks. Mix the cayenne pepper, coriander, paprika and salt then sprinkle on both sides of the tuna steaks.

c. Add the freshly ground black pepper, gently pressing it into the tuna so that it adheres to the surface.

d. Bring to medium-high heat a cast iron skillet or frying pan. Coat the skillet with the olive oil. Sear the Ahi Tuna steaks for 60 (rare) to 120 (medium) seconds on each side, adjusting for desired doneness.

e. Cut into 1/4 inch slices, adding one piece of tuna a leaf of lettuce with avocado, strawberry slices, carrots and a little balsamic sauce. Garnish with lemon & enjoy!

Cooking Tip: Overcooking Ahi tuna will make dry it out therefore it is best cooked rare to enjoy its wonderfully meaty flavor and buttery texture.



Here are our Grape Certified wine recommendations:

2011 Ferrari-Carano Siena Sangiovese - thegrape.com

Ferrari-Carano Siena 2011 ($24) – Click 2 Buy Wine

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


2011 Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot - thegrape.com

Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot 2011 ($20) – Click 2 Buy Wine

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


We hope you enjoyed this Friday’s food & wine pairing. We’re confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified wine recommendations and these Black Pepper Encrusted Ahi Tuna Lettuce Wraps! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

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