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Char Grilled tuna with oregano oil and beautifully dressed peas and broad beans
6/23/2010 | Sheryl McGlochlin
The simplicity and flavor of this summer dish are fantastic. Buy your tuna steaks about ½ inch thick rather than going for massive inch-thick ones. That way they cook quickly, giving you a juicy, silky steak that hasn’t had a chance to dry out. If you can’t get hold of tuna, then shark and swordfish are reasonably good steak-like alternatives.
ingredients for the oregano oil
• a small bunch of fresh oregano or marjoram, leaves picked
• sea salt
• juice of 1 lemon
• best-quality extra virgin olive oil
• 4 handfuls of podded peas
• 2 handfuls of podded broad beans
• 150ml/5½fl oz best-quality extra virgin olive oil
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• a small bunch of fresh mint, leaves picked
• juice of 1 lemon
• 4 7 oz sustainably sourced tuna steaks, cut ½ inch thick
To make your oregano oil, pound the oregano with a good pinch of sea salt in a pestle and mortar until you have a paste. Add the lemon juice and 8 tablespoons of olive oil and stir until you have a good drizzling consistency.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add your peas and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, then remove them with a slotted spoon or sieve. Add the broad beans to the pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, depending on their size. Drain and leave to cool, then pinch the skins off any big beans (you can leave the skin on any small or medium ones).
To dress the peas and beans you want the same balance of acid and oil as you would have in a salad dressing. So, put the olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper into a large bowl. Chop up most of the mint and throw it in, add the peas and beans and mix everything around. Add lemon juice to taste. You can serve the dressed peas and beans hot or at room temperature.
Heat a griddle pan or barbecue until hot, season your tuna steaks with salt and pepper and pat with some of the oregano oil. Place in the pan and sear for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Personally I like to keep my tuna a little pink in the middle as this tastes much nicer, but if you’re going to cook it through please don’t nuke it.
Tear the tuna into 2 or 3 pieces and toss in a large bowl with the rest of the oregano oil. This will give you a lovely combination of flavors. Serve the fish immediately, with the peas and broad beans, scattered with the rest of the mint leaves.
PS Sometimes I love to throw random delicate greens like baby spinach, watercress, even rocket, in with the broad beans for 30 seconds before you drain them. The combination of peppery irony greens, creamy broad beans and sweet little peas makes the veg taste even better.