Olive and Rice Cracker-Crusted Tuna with Niçoise Salad


Difficulty: Normal

Serves: 2



Crusted Tuna:

8 oz (240 g) Ahi Tuna loin

1/3 cup (80 ml) Chopped black olives

10 Plain rice crackers

3 Tbsp (45ml) Canola Oil


Niçoise Salad:

6 oz (180 g) Green beans, steamed

Cracked pepper


2 tsp (10 ml) Olive oil

2 Eggs

2/3 cup (160 ml) Thinly sliced sundried tomatoes

1 tsp (5 ml) Red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp (15 ml) Olive oil



Prepare crust for tuna.

Break up rice crackers and blitz in a food processor. Add to a plate with chopped olives. Mix olives and cracker crumbs together with fingers. Gently press the tuna into mixture. Roll and press the mixture onto all sides of the tuna, but not the ends. Wrap tuna tightly in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.

Put water on to boil for the poached egg.

Steam your green beans to desired doneness.

Spray a piece of plastic wrap with a non-stick spray and lay wrap in a ramekin. Add cracked pepper, salt, 1 tsp (5 ml) olive oil, and one egg. Lift up sides of wrap around egg and tie closed. Repeat with a second egg. Lay pouches into boiling water for 2 -3 minutes to poach with a soft yolk.  Poach longer if you prefer it cooked more.

Remove eggs from water, cut plastic off the egg without breaking the egg.

Remove coated tuna from fridge and unwrap. Place remaining tablespoon of oil into a hot skillet. Sear tuna loin on all sides for 5-10 seconds or to desired doneness.

Toss green beans and sundried tomatoes with vinegar and 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of olive oil. Season.

Plate the salad. Slice tuna with sharp, hot knife and serve on top of salad. Top each plate with a poached egg and adjust seasoning as desired.