Ahi Tuna Confit

16 people
Prep Time:
00h 00
Cook Time:
00h 30

Plan ahead for days of deliciousness. Seasonings add an herbal complexity while confit preparation keeps tuna fresh for a week and a half or more.

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Ingredients and Method


  • 1 pound tuna
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground white peppercorns
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs each flat-leaf parsley and fresh mint
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 wide strips lemon zest
  • 3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 baguette slices
  • minced flat-leaf parsley, radishes, and green olives, for garnish


  1. Cut tuna in half lengthwise. Combine spices in a small bowl. Season tuna all over with spices and put in a 4- by 8-in. loaf pan. Chill, covered, 3 to 5 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°. Add bay leaf, herb sprigs, garlic, and zest to tuna, tucking them around fish; pour in enough oil to cover by 1/4 in.
  3. Bake tuna 25 minutes, uncovered, lowering heat if necessary to keep oil from boiling. Let tuna cool to room temperature in oil.
  4. Lift one piece of tuna from oil; separate into thick flakes. Top baguette slices with tuna, using more if needed, and arrange on a platter with olives and radishes. Scatter minced parsley over platter. Drizzle tuna with some of the oil, and flick some oil onto the olives and radishes too.
  5. Make ahead: Through step 3, up to 10 days, chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.