Why is it that I love to cook with spirits. I haven’t figured it out but I do on a regular basis. Crown Royal Whiskey is one of my favorite cooking ingredients for reducing mushrooms or making a sauce similar to a Marsala Wine sauce. A few weeks ago, I wanted to do something different with Yellow Fin Tuna. So, here was invented Drunken Yellow Fin. From now on anything I make with spirits as an ingredient will probably be called “Drunkin Something”. What is really funny is that I do not even like the taste of most alcohol unless it’s in food. Now, wine is a different story. Maybe that’s why the booze is in the food and the wine is in my glass.
To start, we create a marinate for the Tuna. It’s composed of:
2- 8 ounce Yellow Fin Tuna Steaks
1/2 cup Royal Crown Whiskey
1/2 tablespoon Old Bay Lemon & Herb Spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Place these ingredients in a shallow bowl and then add the yellow fin tuna. Turn tuna a couple of times in the marinate, then refrigerate for around 30-60 minutes. Turn the tuna every 10-15 minutes depending on how long you want to leave in the fridge.
Place the lovely tuna on a thoroughly heated medium-high grill. You could also use a grilling pan if you do not have a gas grill readily available. Add the following two ingredients after placing the fish on the grill.
1/2 teaspoon chopped basil
freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
Cook the tuna for 5-7 minutes on each side. Halfway through the first 5-7 minutes turn the tuna clockwise on the grill so that it scores both directions, horizontally and vertically.
If the fish appears to be getting dry, spray with a little olive oil to keep it moist as it cooks to a light pink center. You may want to turn down the heat to medium if it’s cooking to hot. It’s a fine balance. If you take it off too soon then the fish will be undercooked. Well, some of you may like sushi so this would be okay for you. We like it cooked medium so that the tuna is still pink in the center but not dry on the outside. I can highly recommend a great cookbook; “Timing is Everything” by Jack Piccolo to help with determining cooking times.
I place the finished tuna in a foil wrap and then added a little more Crown Royal. While the rest of the meal finished up the tuna rested for around 5 minutes in the foil. Turned out quite well for another new drunkin experiment.
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