Turkish Seared Tuna with Bulgur & Chickpea Salad

Turkish Seared Tuna with Bulgur & Chickpea Salad

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Fall 2019

This healthy tuna recipe combines many of Turkey's most beloved foods and flavors—fresh fish, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs and chickpeas. Cooking for two? Flake the two leftover tuna steaks and mix them into the remaining bulgur salad, then serve over lettuce for lunch the next day.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ½ cup bulgur
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided
  • ½ cup lemon juice, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 pound tuna, cut into 4 steaks (see Tip)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill


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  1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place bulgur in a large heatproof bowl. Add boiling water to cover by 2 inches. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain any excess water.
  2. Mix the bulgur with 2 Tbsp. oil, 2 tsp. lemon zest, ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ tsp. salt, and pepper. Add chickpeas, parsley, and mint; stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna steaks and sear until lightly browned on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the tuna and cook until lightly browned on the other side. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Return the tuna steaks to the pan, cover, and cook, flipping once, until the tuna begins to flake when tested with a fork (it will be slightly pink in the center), 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  5. Meanwhile, combine dill with the remaining ¼ cup lemon juice and ¼ tsp. salt in a small bowl.
  6. Transfer the tuna to a serving platter. Spoon the onions over the tuna and drizzle with the lemon juice-dill mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tsp. lemon zest and serve with the bulgur salad.
  • Tip: Ask at the seafood counter if your fishmonger can cut 1 lb. of tuna into four 4-oz. steaks.
  • To make ahead: Prepare bulgur (Step 1) and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tuna steak + ¾ cup bulgur salad
  • Per serving: 459 calories; 16 g fat(2 g sat); 8 g fiber; 43 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 102 mcg folate; 44 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 690 IU vitamin A; 27 mg vitamin C; 74 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 557 mg sodium; 880 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Folate (26% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3

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