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1 Sep 2022
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Lucky 12 Tavern’s Blackened Tuna Bites

If you're looking to add a little extra OBX protein to your upcoming holiday menus, why not try your hand at Lucky 12 Tavern's Blackened Tuna Bites? The only thing that can make this better is enjoying it on the deck of a beautiful Outer Banks vacation rental while you celebrate the holidays on the OBX. If you're unable to get down to the beach for your next holiday break, impress your whole family with this delicious, OBX-inspired treat.


Blackening Spice Ingredients: 
(mix all together and store in an air-tight container)
7 oz Kosher Salt 
12 oz Paprika 
5 tbsp Dried Thyme leaves 
5 tbsp Ground Black pepper 
5 tbsp Granulated Garlic 
2 1/2 tbsp Cayenne Pepper 
2 1/2 tbsp White Pepper 
5 tbsp Crushed Chile Flakes 
7 1/2 tbsp Chili Pepper 

Green Onion Crema Ingredients: 
6 Green Onions 
1/8 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice 
1 Cup Sour Cream 
1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt 
1/2 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

1. Rub Onions with Olive oil, sprinkle with Kosher Salt and Pepper and Grill. Do Not Burn.
2. Allow to cool then dice.
3. Place Onions and rest of ingredients in food proccesser and puree til smooth. Allow to cool in refrigerator.
4. Cut a Tuna loin of your choosing into 1-inch cubes, cover with blackening spice, then grill on a flap top.
5. Serve with chilled Green onion Crema.

Recipe courtesy of:
Mark Ballog 
Lucky 12 Tavern

For more delicious outer banks recipes check out the Outer Banks Restaurant Association’s Taste of the Beach website.


One of the best parts about an Outer Banks vacation is sampling the local cuisine. But you don't have to wait until you get here to enjoy the tasty treats of the beach! This recipe is part of our "OBX Holiday Menu Ideas" series that gives you the best recipes so that you can enjoy the taste of the Outer Banks wherever you're celebrating this holiday season!

Be sure to check out our other OBX recipes that are perfect for your holiday table, whether you're stuck back home waiting for summer or spending the holiday season in your very own rental home! In fact, the holiday season is one of the best times to visit the Outer Banks. Check out our Top 10 Reasons to Spend the Holidays on the OBX, our Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Outer Banks on the Off Season, and our guide to OBX Holiday Events.

And be sure to see our available rentals and book your OBX vacation rental for the holidays!