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Best Sustainable Summer Seafood Recipe: Spice-Crusted Tuna Steaks with Cilantro and Basil

July 11th, 2014
Center for Food Safety

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 small dried red chile, stemmed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped basil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 freshly squeezed lemon
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Four 8-ounce tuna steaks about 1/2-inch thick (wild-caught using troll or pole methods)


Coarsely grind the dried chile with the coriander seeds in a mortar. Add the garlic and mash to a paste. Stir in the basil, cilantro and lemon juice. Season the paste with salt and pepper.

Brush a grill pan with olive oil and set it over moderately high heat until very hot but not smoking. Season the tuna with salt and pepper and rub the herb paste on both sides. Sear the tuna steaks for 1 minute per side for rare or until cooked to desired doneness and serve immediately.