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Recently I discovered a small grocers’ shop near my house selling Asian food so I bought turmeric, garam massala, coconut milk, the fish sauce, cardamom pods etc which you will be seeing in some future recipes.

When I went to the farmers’ market I bought a tuna fish at a bargain price. I used to think that tuna was fished only in the Atlantic Sea but there is a type of tuna fish which is fished in the Northern Aegean Sea.

This tuna fish has rather dark flesh and apart from the back bone the rest is boneless. I wanted to make a tasty and healthy dish, so I marinated it and grilled it and served it with quinoa salad and tartare sauce. For those on a strict diet skip the tartare sauce.

Marinated Grilled Tuna Fish

Makes 5 servings


  • 1 tuna fish (about 1,200 grams, sliced into 3 cm thick slices, about 5 – 6 slices)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon (boukovo) red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons ground coriander seeds

Rinse the tuna steaks and pat dry with paper towels.

In a bowl, combine paprika, cumin, tumeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper flakes, coriander seeds, salt, pepper, olive oil, soy sauce, fish sauce and lemon juice. Lightly rub both sides of the tuna steaks with olive oil. Rub the marinating ingredients on both sides of tuna steaks; coating them well and leave in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Grill for about 1o minutes on each side. Serve with quinoa salad and tartare Sauce.

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5 Comments on Marinated Grilled Tuna Fish

  1. Laurie Constantino says:

    It’s nice to see you branching out Ivy! This looks very tasty (as does the quinoa salad). Can’t wait to see what you do next with your new ingredients!

  2. Bellini Valli says:

    This sounds delicious sis. All the flavours compliment each other:D

  3. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I love to grill fish. And your sauce sounds so flavorful and fragrant. What a lovely, light summer-y meal.

  4. Núria says:

    Mmmm… wonderful tuna! Today I went to my fishmonger and saw a piece of tuna but finally I decided to get some fresh cod.

    I bet your tuna was exquisite 😀

  5. salvage says:

    I've always been a big fan of great tuna recipes. Not just becuase of the great taste tuna has, but it's still a Very cost effective meat source. As a tuna recipe collector, I just wanted to thank you for contributing to my personal cook book with this recipe variation. :)

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