Poached Tuna Salad

Poaching tuna low and slow in olive oil along with a bay leaf, crushed garlic, peppercorns, and lemon peel make an unforgettable salad topper.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


Poached Tuna

  • 2 8 ounce tuna steaks (3/4 to 1 inch thick)

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • 3 cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • Peel of 1 lemon

  • 1 jalapeno, halved

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

Ingredients for Salad:

  • cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoon sour cream

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • ½ teaspoon lime-flavored gelatin, optional

  • Zest of 2 limes (2 tsp.)

  • 4 - 5 tablespoon lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 little gems, halved or 1 romaine hearts, leaves separated

  • 1 Persian cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 3 green onions, white and light green parts thinly sliced


Make the Tuna:

  1. On a cutting board, salt the tuna steaks on both sides. Add the olive oil, black peppercorns, lemon peel, jalapeno, bay leaf, and garlic to a Dutch oven set over low heat. Let the olive oil infuse for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the temperature reaches 180˚F. Add the salted tuna steaks to hot oil. working in batches if necessary, making sure the tuna is fully submerged in the olive oil. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 125˚F. (Tuna will still be slightly pink in center.) Carefully transfer the tuna to a bowl and repeat with remaining tuna steaks, if necessary. Once tuna is cool, flake tuna into large chunks.

Make the Salad:

  1. In a medium bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, gelatin (if using), lime zest and juice, smoked paprika, and salt. Whisk to combine. Place the lettuce leaves on a serving platter and top with the tuna. Drizzle the dressing over the tuna and greens. Top with the cucumber and green onions.

    Poached Tuna Salad
    Shirley Cheng

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
26g Fat
5g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 457mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 17.4mg 87%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 602mg 13%
Folate, total 74.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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