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Old 08-09-2006, 09:25 PM   #1
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Pan-roasted Tuna With White Beans

This is a great way to prepare fresh tuna (Ahi, not canned tuna). The pan roasting produces a wonderfully moist piece of fish that's crisp on the outside, and the very flavorful Mediterranean-style white beans are a great accompaniment.

Four Servings


1 Cup dried small white beans
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Medium onion, finely chopped
1 Large carrot, cut into a-inch dice
1 Celery rib, cut into a-inch dice
1 Large clove garlic
1 Teaspoon dried thyme
½ Teaspoon dried oregano
1 Bay leaf
3 Medium yellow or red bell peppers, cut into a 1/3-inch dice
4 Cups chicken broth
Salt & black pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
2 Teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons sherry vinegar


1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 6-ounce tuna steaks, about 2 inches thick
Salt & coarsely ground black pepper


Rinse beans. Either soak overnight in 4 cups water, OR bring to boil, turn off heat, & cover for 1 hour. Drain & rinse.

Melt butter in 4-quart saucepan and saute onion, carrot, & celery until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, & bell peppers; saute another minute.

Add broth and beans. Bring to boil, partially cover, and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Some liquid should remain.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Just before serving, stir in parsley, rosemary, olive oil and vinegar.


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Season one side of tuna with salt and lots of pepper.

Heat oil in heavy cast-iron skillet. Saute fish over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes per side until just browned on all sides.

Transfer skillet to oven and cook fish for another 6 minutes or until it feels firm but is still pink in center.


Spoon beans onto plates and set the tuna on top, peppered side up.

Serve with medium-bodied, fruity red wine.

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Old 08-09-2006, 11:54 PM   #2
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thanks fryboy, this looks really good. i think i'll try it with shrimp, since i've been hooked on a local restaurant's gamberi e fagioli lately.
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Old 08-10-2006, 06:42 AM   #3
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"gamberi e fagioli" - now why have I never combined those two before?? That sounds good. Would you use sage and/or rosemary as an herb with that? maybe a little lemon zest...I have to play with this.

The tuna combination sound tasty too!!
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Old 08-10-2006, 12:37 PM   #4
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The prep for the beans sounds good--I would probably use cannellini beans--but 6 minutes in the oven with the ahi is too long IMO. If one doesn't like their tuna too rare then I guess it would be fine though.
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