Tuna Rillettes

Cindy Thomas, September 7, 2015


According to Mimi Thorisson, “Rillettes are pate-like spreads that usually consist of chunky bits of meat that have been been cooked in their own fat”.  Tuna rillettes are not particularly fatty and have a lovely light fresh texture.  I enjoyed this recipe.  It was easy to make and made a fantastic lunch.  It’s a lot like a traditional american tuna salad, but with fresher, richer ingredients.

Ingrediants ready for tuna rillettes

Ingredients ready for tuna rillettes

steaming tuna

steaming tuna

The recipe calls for tuna belly, which was not available where I shopped, but I settled for some beautiful ahi tuna steaks.  I had never cooked fish by steaming it before.  I found it to be surprisingly quick and easy.  After the tuna is cooked and cooled, it is flaked into a bowl and mixed with the rest of the ingredients.  I then chilled mine overnight.  My husband and I enjoyed the tuna rillettes for lunch with lightly grilled baguette slices.

tuna rillettes

tuna rillettes



We also discovered that it is wonderful on cucumber slices!  I recommend this recipe to anyone who loves tuna or chicken salad. It would make a great picnic lunch as well.

I’m not able to share this recipe here, but it can be found in Mimi Thorisson’s cookbook:  A Kitchen in France

If you’re interested in joining the Weekend in a French Kitchen group or just want to see how the other members of the group fared with this recipe check out this link:  WIFK







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