Sicilian-Style Tuna Steaks with Polenta and Broccoli Rabe

sicilian style tuna steaks with polenta and broccoli rabe
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 pound broccoli rabe, trimmed and cut crosswise into thirds
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 1-inch-thick tuna steaks (about 5 ounces each)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup instant polenta


In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the broccoli rabe for 3 minutes; drain. Reserve the pan.

In a medium nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Season the tuna with salt and black pepper and add to the pan; cook, turning once, until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the onions and 1/2 cup water to the skillet and cook over high heat until the water evaporates, about 5 minutes. Lower the heat to medium, stir in 1/4 cup olive oil and cook until golden, about 5 minutes; stir in the sugar and vinegar and season with salt and black pepper. Nestle the tuna in the onions, then cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, using the reserved saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 clove garlic over medium-high heat until golden-brown. Add the broccoli rabe and season with the crushed red pepper and salt. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.

In the same saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil with the remaining 3 cloves garlic. Lower the heat to medium-low and gradually whisk in the polenta; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper; discard the garlic, if desired. Serve with the tuna, onions and broccoli rabe.