Salt seared tuna with fennel, courgettes and English pea pesto

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyHard

For the fennel and courgettes

1 beer
240g self-raising flour
20 baby courgettes
4 fennel bulbs
12 baby squash
950ml vegetable stock
4 squash blossoms

For the pea pesto

50g fresh English peas
1 tsp almond oil
3 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
1 Meyer lemon, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 tsp lime juice
30g butter
15g fresh mint leaves

For the tuna

2 Himalayan salt blocks
750g fresh big-eye tuna
2 tbsps olive oil
Ground black pepper
2 tsps fennel pollen
Fennel fonds
Red ribbon sorrel
Nasturtium leaves
1) Whisk together the beer and flour, season with salt. Let stand in the refrigerator.

2) Take eight baby courgettes and blanch in salted water until tender. Puree in blender until smooth.

3) Place the fennel and remaining courgette and squash in a small pan and cover with vegetable stock. Add 30g of butter and braise over low heat until tender. Season with salt.

4) Place all ingredients for pea pesto except the olive oil into a blender and process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil.

5) Place the salt block directly on the stove top and heat until hot about 5 minutes. Toss the tuna in olive oil and season with salt, fennel pollen and pepper. Place in a cryovac bag and cook, sous vide-style, at 55C/Gas 1/3 for 10 minutes. Remove from the bag and quickly sear the tuna on the salt block on all four sides.

6) Dip the blossoms in the beer batter and fry at 180C until golden brown.

Smear the pesto across the plate and arrange the vegetables in the pesto. Slice the tuna thinly and place around the vegetables. Serve alongside fennel, courgettes, pesto and garnishes.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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