I love, love, love my new seafood CSA, Siren SeaSA! The pristine albacore in my weekly delivery was so fresh that I needed only a simple marinade, BACON, and high heat to get it ready to stuff in our mouths.
I got the idea for wrapping my tuna in bacon from the Siren SeaSA site (a new recipe is posted every Thursday in anticipation of the catch of the week). I modified the recipe with a technique for par-cooking the bacon in the microwave (those folks at Cook’s Illustrated are so smart) and I also whipped up a Paleo-friendly marinade.
Here’s what I gathered to feed 2 people:
- 1 pound skinless albacore loin, sliced crosswise into 1.5 inch medallions (yields 5 pieces)
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon Red Boat Fish Sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper
- 5 slices of thin-cut bacon (use sugar-free bacon if you’re on a Whole30)
Here’s how I made it:
I preheated the broiler on high and made sure the top rack was 6 inches from the heating element.
I cut my tuna loin into five mini steaks…
…and placed them in a large bowl.
I whipped up the marinade by combining the orange juice, coconut aminos, vinegar, fish sauce, black pepper, and Aleppo pepper in a measuring cup.
I poured the finished marinade…
…over the albacore medallions and let them marinate for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, I placed the bacon on a microwave-safe plate lined with four sheets of paper towel…
…and covered them with two more sheets. I microwaved the bacon on high for 1-2 minutes so it was cooked halfway but still pliable.
After the tuna was finished marinating, I wrapped each piece in a slice of bacon (with the ends tucked under the fish) and placed them on a rack which was on top of a foil-lined baking tray.
I broiled the bacon-wrapped tuna for about 4 minutes on one side and flipped them over and cooked them for an additional 2 minutes (or until bacon is crispy).
Here’s a quick video showing how I made these bacon-wrapped bites. And if you don’t recognize the background music, you’re clearly not as nerdy and decrepit as me.1