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5 from 3 votes

Ahi Tuna with Tagliatelle in an Olive and Anchovy Sauce

An Italian take on Ahi Tuna, with a spicy kalamata olive and anchovy sauce, homemade bread crumbs.
Servings: 4


  • 2 pieces stale bread
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup crushed hazelnuts
  • 1 pound Ahi Tuna
  • finely ground sea salt freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for cooking fish
  • 3 anchovies rinsed, patted dry
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
  • 6 kalamata olives seeded, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 4 tablespoons Italian parsley finely chopped, divided saving 1 tablespoon for garnish
  • 1/2 pound pasta see note for recommendations
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs


  • I used a 10 inch all-clad frying pan for breadcrumbs, tuna and sauce, cleaning each time in between.
  • Cut bread into small cubes. Heat pan on low. Add butter, and when melted, add in bread cubes and pan fry until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Brush tuna with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and pack on hazelnuts on top and bottom of tuna.
  • Heat 10 inch frying pan on medium low heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When oil is hot, add Ahi Tuna and sear one minute on each side. Set aside.
  • Cook Pasta: Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions, short of 1 minute. Drain.
  • Heat 10 inch frying pan. Add 1/3 cup olive oil. When oil is hot, add anchovies and break up with wooden spoon, until they melt into the oil.
  • Add in crushed pepper, capers, kalamata olives. Cook for one minute. Add in garlic, parsley. Add tuna to pan and turn over once just to get the flavors. Remove tuna to a platter.
  • Add drained pasta to olive oil anchovy sauce and finish cooking on low heat for a minute until pasta is cooked.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Put pasta on a serving platter. Toss with 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, crumbling some of the cubes with your hands. Top with tuna.
  • Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.


For the pasta, you can use linguini, tagliatelle or a thick spaghetti. This will serve 4 medium portions or 2 large portions.