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Tonno ammunttunato aka filled tuna recipe

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tonno ammuttunato alla siciliana

Tonno ammuttunato

Tonno ammuttunato is Sicilian for filled tuna. Other regions do have tuna recipes, few live up to this wonderful preparation.
  • Prep Time 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time 40 Minutes
  • Total Time 60 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 300 kcal


  • 800 grams of fresh tuna (a single chunk)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 100 grams of diced pecorino cheese
  • 1 liter of tomato sauce
  • fresh mint
  • olive oil


  1. Use a sharp knife to make small but deep incisions all around the chunk.
  2. Stuff each hole with a quarter of a garlic clove, a finger nail sized piece of cheese and a leave of mint
  3. Be careful with the stuffing: act as if wanting to hide a treasure
  4. Sear the tuna on all sides
  5. Transfer the tuna to the tomato sauce and lit it simmer away for about 40 minutes. Or more


Usually the sauce is used to dress the pasta and the fish is served as main course.Tuna and fennel salad is a match made in heaven. It can be served together - on a different plate though - of afterwards. The crunchiness opposes the tenderness of the tuna, while the lingering taste of the fish is clenched by the freshness of the vegetable.The best way to prepare the salad is to cut up the fennel and dress is with the juice of a lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. If you feel very self-assured, use salted capers instead of plain salt.

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