Seared Tuna with Niçoise Veggies and Garlic Butter

Beautiful tuna from the fish market

Beautiful tuna from the fish market

In the constant attempt to not get bored with cooking I’m always looking for new recipes that look delicious but also don’t look like a whole lot of work. They are surprisingly hard to find and, more often than not, when you try something new, it’s just ok..nothing exciting…but nothing fabulous enough to want to make again.

This recipe however, from one of my favorite blogs French Revolution, is one of those perfectly magical recipes that restores your faith in home cooking. It’s easy, it’s delicious, and shockingly it’s actually pretty healthy.

Now, this is the same blog that gave me the red pistou (red pesto) that we love and have on an almost weekly basis chez nous, and it’s also the blog that gave me the Lemon Creme Fraiche Salmon dish that I love to make. This is now the third recipe I’ve tried from this lovely lady and she is three for three. Easy, delicious, and something you want to make again. Plus any recipe that involves fish that Erik actually likes is a little miracle in itself.

Here’s the recipe – Seared Tuna with Niçoise Veggies and Garlic Butter. YUM:


  • 1/4 pound cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons and a drizzle
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound baby new potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • The zest of half a lemon, in strips (made by a vegetable peeler)
  • 1/4 pound haricots verts, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 5-ounce fillets of fresh tuna
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence


Arrange the oven rack in the second position down from the heat source.  Preheat the broiler.  Drizzle the tomatoes lightly with olive oil, and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.  Broil for 8 minutes, or until just bursting.  Season with a pinch of salt and set aside.

I probably could have cooked these a wee bit less but still oh so good

I probably could have cooked these a wee bit less but still oh so good

Put the potatoes in a stockpot and cover by at least 1 inch with water and a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil.

While the potatoes are coming to a boil, place 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the garlic, and lemon zest in a small saucepot over medium low heat.  When the oil forms bubbles around the lemon zest, you’ll know it’s hot.  Shut off the heat, and let the garlic and lemon infuse the oil while the rest of the dish is cooking.

Once the potatoes have come to a boil, drop the haricots verts in the same pot.  Cook the haricots verts for 3 minutes, until tender crisp, and cool in some cold water.  Continue cooking the potatoes until fork tender (for me, this is 20 to 25 minutes from when I put them on the stove).  Drain the potatoes, and cool similarly to the haricots verts.

Add the butter to the infused oil, stir to combine, and discard the garlic cloves and lemon zest.  Toss the haricots verts and potatoes with the garlic oil-butter, the basil, and the parsley.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

In a small nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil.  Season the tuna with herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper on both sides.  Sear for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side for medium to medium-well.  Plate the potatoes and haricots verts, place the tuna on top, and pile the roasted cherry tomatoes on top of that.  Serve with a lemon wedge if you like.

And the finished dish:

GORGEOUS and delicious!

GORGEOUS and delicious!


Now I will say that this particular recipe was slightly more complicated than the others in terms of steps but now that I’ve done it I can see how I can use my time better, making it a pretty seamless experience in the kitchen. Next time I will also use smaller potatoes. It seems our green grocer’s baby potatoes were not quite baby enough. But otherwise, it’s easy, stress free, and  so so good.

Seriously – make it. You’ll feel like you’re in the south of France after the first bite.

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