Moroccan-spiced tuna

Ready in 10 minutes


Serves 4
Jazz up tuna with Moroccan spices for a super fast meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal623
  • fat45g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein54g
  • salt0.29g
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  • 20g pack coriander (leaves and stalks)
  • 3 garlic clove
  • ½ tsp each paprika, ground cumin and chilli powder



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 150ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 x 8oz/200g fresh tuna steaks, each about 2½ cm/1in thick



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…


  1. Put the coriander, garlic, spices and lemon juice into a blender and blitz to a purée. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until you get a smooth, thick sauce. Set aside.

  2. Sit the tuna steaks in a non-metallic dish and cover with two-thirds of the sauce. Cover with cling film, then leave to marinate in the fridge for about 20 mins (or for up to 4hrs).

  3. Heat a griddle pan or grill. Shake off any excess marinade, season the tuna steaks, then cook for 2-4 mins, depending on thickness for medium rare, turning once (cook 2 mins more for well done). Drizzle over the remaining sauce paste to finish. Try serving with new potatoes; for a Moroccan twist, toss melted butter, harissa spice mix and chopped coriander leaves through the potatoes.

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Comments (23)

mck's picture

A great recipe. I had never cooked tuna steaks before but bought some on a whim then searched for a recipe using ingredients I already had in stock. I had everything but the coriander for this one, so substituted parsley as a previous user had done and the result was absolutely delicious, though obviously not as 'Moroccan' as the recipe intended ( I shall definitely try it again with coriander). The harissa-and-butter-tossed new potatoes worked very well, even without the coriander, and I added griddled tomatoes and fennel to complete a really delectable supper dish. Quick, easy and very, very tasty!

helenhodgson's picture

Delicious marinade - i think it also work well with white fish or chicken. Although I only used a tbsp of oil and it was fine. I used the potatoes as suggested, then added some griddled courgettes and cherry tomatoes. Very quick and tasty.

katycooks's picture

Super recipe. So easy, so quick, yet so tasty. I did the potatoes as suggested and also some minted peas and broad beans. Really delicious.

kirkyrigs's picture

Absolutely delicious, will try with salmon next time.

kaild9599's picture

So delicious!! This sauce is fantastic, I have made it with parsley instead of coriander and it was lovely.

agnes2golf's picture

Excellent recipe and it is a good idea to include the Harissa potatoes

frederico11's picture

So simple but so tasty. I made this pretty much as per the recipe, although I used the juice of a whole lemon. Served with some sweet potato mash and broccoli.

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shivtc's picture

A tasty way to serve up tuna. Also served with Harissa spiced new potatoes - all loved it. Will def make again

dave2207's picture

Tried this a few weeks ago and loved it! Works really well with lamb too.

mwsc11050's picture

Made for tea tonight and everyone loved it. Also served potatoes with butter, coriander and harissa paste which also went down very well. On the do again list.

embles's picture

Yum! I used lime juice instead of lemon. Fantastic, zesty, and simple.
I'll be doing this on a weekly basis (may try with salmon too).

buona_forchetta's picture

Cooked this yesterday and was AMAZING!!! I served it on a bed of pearl barley and peas which I seasoned by heating up the excess marinade and mixing in.

jacquila_sunrise's picture

Very yummy and very easy. Looks fabulous too!

ladyverte's picture

Very easy and very tasty dish. I cut back back on the olive oil by about a third to save the calories and also heated the sauce. Would recommend warming your plates if you're having the tuna quite rare. Delish!

leamac83's picture

This was delicious, i just cooked on a griddle with but didnt add extra sauce at the end as i served it with the aubergine side dish with that sauce. Lovely. Corriander in Dutch is just Korriander by the way twinklestar.

susiem's picture

I loved this recipe. Served it with a lovely green salad and the Harissa couscous in the Dec 2008 Good Food.

thommich's picture

Have made this a few times. It looks and tastes so impressive for such a simple recipe.

twinklestar's picture

I had everything out for this and went out at the last minute for the coriander only to realize I had no idea what the translation was in Dutch and couldn't find any with similar looking names, so tried fresh oregano, which I really wasn't sure about. It turned out lovely, with a very fresh taste which I enjoyed even though I don't usually like fish. Will definitely try and find coriander though next time I cook this though.

helenhodgson's picture

very tasty - definitely my favourite way to cook tuna.


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