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Grilled Tuna Sauce Vierge*

Serves 8

2 T olive oil
15 twists freshly ground white pepper
1/4 C basil trimmings
3 garlic cloves, crushed
8 tuna steaks (6 oz each), skins removed
Sauce Vierge

Mix olive oil, pepper, basil, and garlic. Pour over tuna and marinate for 2 hours or more. Grill the tuna steaks for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until firm to the touch. Warm the Sauce Vierge; spoon equal amounts on 8 dinner plates. Top with fish.


  • Garnish with a sprig of basil and straw potatoes.
  • If the budget allows, a julienne of first-quality truffles is a wonderful enhancement.
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