Moroccan-spiced tuna

Moroccan-spiced tuna

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(46 ratings)

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 cloves
  • 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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2nd Jul, 2020
Easy and delicious. I made it with diced fresh tuna and served it with braised summer turnips and green veg. Everybody loved it.
24th May, 2020
We used this for chunks of Tuna and it worked well
24th Apr, 2020
Delicious! Exceeded expectations. I doubled lemon juice amount as love lemon. So easy to make.
8th Jan, 2019
It's been a while since someone has commented on this recipe, so I thought I'd let its creator know that it's still alive and well. Have made this countless times, and it remains one of our favorites from this site. Truly delicious!
21st Nov, 2017
Exceptionally tasty and really quick and easy to make.
27th Apr, 2017
I made this omitting the coriander as I did not have any. The marinade is delicious. What I did was prepare a salad including some local cooked asparagus and then cut the tuna into pieces after cooking and mix altogether. So delicious and healthy!
30th Jan, 2016
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!
13th Aug, 2015
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.
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29th Jan, 2015
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.
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24th Sep, 2014
Absolutely delicious, will try with salmon next time.


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