Seared Tuna With Artichoke Puttanesca Sauce

by jerseygirl on January 19, 2011 · 19 comments

One of my New Year resolutions was to eat better and exercise more. In other words, I want to lose a few pounds especially since I have a high school reunion coming up this year. It is now the middle of January and I have been happily filling my belly with muffins, mini lasagnas, football watching food and other goodies. Well it’s time to get a little more serious in my healthy eating and exercising regime. So I am trying to make fish at least once a week. A few of my readers wanted some healthy fish and chicken recipes so this will be the first of many.

If you remember in December, I made a Puttanesca sauce for pasta. A while back I had this type of sauce on fresh tuna at a restaurant. So I tried to recreate this dish while also incorporating more veggies into it. I added plenty of chopped onion and some artichoke hearts. This chunky sauce worked well with the fish.

There were quite a bit of leftovers as only my daughter and I like tuna in our household. So the best part was having a salad the next day. I topped some mixed greens with the tuna mixture and drizzled it with olive oil and vinegar. It was almost better than the original meal.

Seared Tuna with Artichoke Puttanesca Sauce

2 TBS olive oil, divided
1 large red onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves chopped garlic
14 ounce can chopped tomatoes
14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 TBS drained capers (from a jar)
1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives (from a jar)
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 tsp dried Italian seasonings
1/4 cup chopped parsley, divided
crushed red pepper, to taste
1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna steaks, cut into 3 inch pieces

In a heavy skillet, heat 1 TBS olive oil (reserve the rest) on medium and cook onion until translucent. Add garlic, tomatoes, artichokes, capers, olives, wine, Italian seasoning, half of parsley and red pepper to taste. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes on low until sauce is bubbly and thick. While sauce is simmering, heat remaining oil in another frying pan on high and sear tuna for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side (depending on how rare or done you like it). When tuna is cooked, spoon sauce on top of it. Sprinkle with remaining parsley before serving.

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Karen Harris January 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I'm not a big fish eater but I do love tuna. This looks delicious and you're right about leftover tuna the next day, sometimes it is best in a salad. Happy New Year!


Margie January 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

What a cool adaptation of Puttanesca. And that salad looks amazing. Looking forward to more of your fish recipes for the new year!


claudia lamascolo January 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I would have loved to be a guest in your home for this one! Lovely love this one!


marla January 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Puttanesca is my all time favorite tomato sauce. I Love that you put it over this seared tuna – I prefer that to pasta anyday 🙂


The Japanese Redneck January 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

Yum, sounds soooooo good!


The Food Hunter January 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm

The sauce looks great and I love the way you added it to your salade the next day.


That Girl January 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I can do without the tuna but I am definitely going to be adding artichoke to my next putannesca.


kat January 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I bet that is a super tasty way to eat fish. I really need to be digging into the 20 pounds of salmon in my freezer


teresa January 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

what a gorgeous dish, i've never had anything like this!


Jeanette January 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Love puttanesca sauce and this one sounds even better with artichokes that are high in fiber. Great idea!


Ciao Chow Linda January 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I'm as bad as you in sabotaging myself with too many remainders of holiday goodies. But like you, I'm trying to eat more fish too and this looks like a winner.


Maria January 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Fantastic fish dish!


Debbie January 21, 2011 at 7:39 am

Wow! That looks great…I love that dish. That is exactly what I would love for dinner tonight but I don't have any tuna steaks….


Jen_from_NJ January 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

What a great and healthy meal idea! I love it!


Leslie January 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Ohhh yeah..High School reunions are a huge motivator of weight loss!!!
Delicious dinner. It has been forever since I have had seared tuna


Meaghan Luby January 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

yummmmmmmmmmmm, my gosh
what a great, healthy meal!!
thanks for posting!


Mandy January 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Lisa, this looks amazing! I've been craving a great puttanesca for a few weeks, I never thought of having it with fish. can't wait to try it! 🙂


Fight the Fat Foodie January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

What a wonderful spin on puttanesca


Aggie January 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This is my kind of dinner!! I have some tuna in the freezer, I don't cook with it often. This looks so good!


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