Pepper-Crusted Tuna Niçoise

Pepper-Crusted Tuna Niçoise

Albacore tuna is coated with cracked pepper and lightly seared before slicing to reveal a delightfully rare center. Toss it with tender red potatoes, fresh green beans, and a tangy vinaigrette, et voilà, dinner is served.

Pepper-Crusted Tuna Niçoise | Sitka Salmon Shares

Active time: 20 min
Total time: 30 min
Serves: 2


Ingredients

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¾ pound small red new potatoes, halved
  • ¼ pound green beans, trimmed
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon small capers
  • 1 portion albacore tuna (10 to 12 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper
  • 2 ounces arugula or baby salad greens (3 lightly-packed cups)
  • 2 tablespoons pitted Niçoise or sliced kalamata olives

Directions

COOK THE POTATOES AND GREEN BEANS

Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender when pierced with a knife, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the green beans to the pan with the potatoes and cook until the beans are bright green and the potatoes are tender, about 3 minutes longer. Drain well and return both to the saucepan.

MAKE THE DRESSING

Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the ¼ cup oil, vinegar, shallots, 1 tablespoon mustard, and the capers. Season with salt and pepper. 

Stir half of the dressing into the potatoes and green beans then transfer to a large salad bowl to cool slightly.

SEAR THE TUNA

Season the tuna all over with salt and rub with the remaining ½ tablespoon mustard. Sprinkle the coarsely cracked pepper all over the tuna, patting gently to adhere. Place a medium cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a thin layer of  oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the tuna and sear until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes before cutting into ½-inch-thick slices.

FINISH AND SERVE

Add the arugula and olives to the potatoes and beans and toss to combine. Add the tuna, drizzle with the remaining dressing, and gently toss to combine. Divide between plates and serve.

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Pro Tips

PAIR IT UP

PAIR IT UP

Pour a glass of chilled off-dry rosé or sauvignon blanc to balance the minerality of the albacore and the brininess of the capers and olives.

SPICE IT UP

SPICE IT UP

Rub the tuna with cracked mustard seeds for a spicy bite.

Change it Up

Change it Up

Sandwich any leftover salad in a warm crusty baguette and drizzle with olive oil for a terrific next-day lunch.

Lighten it Up

Lighten it Up

Albacore tuna is a great source of lean protein—a 3-ounce serving supplies 20 grams which is more than 30% of your daily allowance. It’s also a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.


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