Oil-Poached Tuna and Grain Salad

Oil-Poached Tuna and Grain Salad
Photo by Grace Parisi

Once you oil-poach fresh tuna, you may never want to buy the canned stuff again. You can even poach the tuna in larger batches and store it in the fridge, submerged in the flavorful oil for several weeks, and use it for sandwiches or tossed with white beans and celery.

Oil-Poached Tuna and Grain Salad | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 20 min
Total time: 1 hr
Serves: 4


  • 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 8 to 10 ounces albacore tuna, cut into 1-inch slabs
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for poaching
  • ½ cup farro, barley, or wheat berries
  • Salt
  • 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed, halved if large
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup snipped chives


Poach Tuna

Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of lemon zest and add to a medium saucepan. Add the garlic, Aleppo pepper, tuna, and enough oil just to cover. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat and cook until the tuna is opaque and firm, about 15 minutes. Transfer the tuna to a plate and break into large flakes. Strain the oil and reserve ¼ cup for the dressing.

Cook Grains

Meanwhile, cook the grains in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until tender, 20 to 60 minutes depending on the grain. Add the snap peas to the grains and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain the grains and snap peas, spread on a plate and let cool slightly.


Into a large bowl, squeeze 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Whisk in the reserved olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the grains, snap peas, tuna, chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, and chives and toss to combine, leaving the tuna in bite size pieces.

Make Ahead

The salad can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Ready to try this recipe?

Shop our seafood boxes for next week delivery.

Shop Seafood Boxes

Pro Tips

Pair it Up

Pair it Up

A sunny southern Italian white wine has enough body (and freshness) to compliment this oil-poached fish. Look for a Greco di Tufo, Fiano, or Falanghina from the Campania region. 

Level it Up

Level it Up

Orange zest and fennel seeds add a Sicilian twist to the poaching oil. Add sliced fresh fennel to the salad for flavor and crunch.

Change it Up

Change it Up

Wrap any leftover salad in lettuce leaves for a light and refreshing sandwich alternative.


*The information displayed is our analysis of the recipe based on its ingredients and preparation, and should not be considered a substitute for professional nutrition advice.

Oil-Poached Tuna and Grain Salad Recipe | Sitka Salmon Shares

Want more culinary tips + tricks?

Subscribe for more recipes, culinary tips & tricks, and exclusive discounts!

Join our community.
Subscribe Now
Join our community.
Subscribe Now