Chargrilled tuna with dressed beans & loadsa herbs

Grilled Tuna with Beans and Herbs

Serves 4

  • 100 g dried cannellini beans

  • 100 g dried borlotti beans

  • 1 tomato, optional

  • 1 potato, optional

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced

  • 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped

  • 1-2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 x 225 g tuna steaks, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, about 1cm thick

  • zest and juice of 2 lemons

  • 3 handfuls mixed fresh herbs (chives, chervil, basil, parsley, mint), roughly chopped

Feel free to use a couple of tins of beans if it's more convenient. Tinned beans aren't bad these days – they have got much better for some reason. But if you're using dried, which still taste better, soak them overnight in water. They'll double in size. You then just need to drain them and put them into a pan with fresh water to cover. Bring to the boil, then simmer them for around 40 minutes or until tender – sometimes I put a squashed tomato and a potato in the water with them, as it helps to soften the skins. When done, drain them, discarding the tomato and potato, and put them into a large bowl with 8 tablespoons of peppery olive oil, the red onion, anchovies and chillies. Season with salt and pepper and the lemon juice – for a bit of a twang.



Preheat your griddle pan until really hot. Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper, sprinkle over the lemon zest and pat a little olive oil on both sides. Sear the steaks for a minute on each side. While the fish is searing, get your guests round the table. Throw the herbs into the dressed beans, mix up and divide between the plates. Take the tuna off the heat, tear it up and place on top of the warm beans. Nice with some cold white wine.

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Chargrilled tuna with dressed beans & loadsa herbs

Incredibly fresh, summer flavours

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Loaded with herbs and beautiful beans, this grilled tuna steak is an absolutely gorgeous summer dish
Serves 4
55m (plus soaking time)
Super easy
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This is a really beautiful summer dish that takes hardly any time at all to prepare – and, of course, you can use different kinds of beans, such as black-eyed beans, flageolets, butter beans or even lentils. It's a terrific hot snack or main dish – and with the tuna all torn up it makes a great salad. I like to griddle the tuna for a minute on each side so it has colour on the outside but still remains a little pink in the middle. A lot of people still want to cook tuna all the way through (which I think is madness!), but you must do it how you like best. It's worth seeing if you prefer it pink in the middle though. I'm really going heavy on the herbs in this recipe – 4 or 5 years ago this might have been a bit OTT, but it's really easy to get hold of a good selection of herbs now, so the more the merrier.

Feel free to use a couple of tins of beans if it's more convenient. Tinned beans aren't bad these days – they have got much better for some reason. But if you're using dried, which still taste better, soak them overnight in water. They'll double in size. You then just need to drain them and put them into a pan with fresh water to cover. Bring to the boil, then simmer them for around 40 minutes or until tender – sometimes I put a squashed tomato and a potato in the water with them, as it helps to soften the skins. When done, drain them, discarding the tomato and potato, and put them into a large bowl with 8 tablespoons of peppery olive oil, the red onion, anchovies and chillies. Season with salt and pepper and the lemon juice – for a bit of a twang.

Preheat your griddle pan until really hot. Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper, sprinkle over the lemon zest and pat a little olive oil on both sides. Sear the steaks for a minute on each side. While the fish is searing, get your guests round the table. Throw the herbs into the dressed beans, mix up and divide between the plates. Take the tuna off the heat, tear it up and place on top of the warm beans. Nice with some cold white wine.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 419
    21%
  • Carbs 26.3g
    10%
  • Sugar 3.6g 4%
  • Fat 3.4g 5%
  • Saturates 0.8g 4%
  • Protein 66.8g 148%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 100 g dried cannellini beans

  • 100 g dried borlotti beans

  • 1 tomato, optional

  • 1 potato, optional

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced

  • 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped

  • 1-2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 x 225 g tuna steaks, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, about 1cm thick

  • zest and juice of 2 lemons

  • 3 handfuls mixed fresh herbs (chives, chervil, basil, parsley, mint), roughly chopped