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Coriander crusted tuna with red cabbage salad

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen
A crisp coriander crust transforms tuna steak into something special. Serve with a zingy red cabbage salad for a flavourful supper.


  1. For the tuna, mix the coriander seeds and fresh coriander together and sprinkle on a board.

  2. Brush the oil all over the tuna and roll in the coriander mixture. Heat a griddle pan and place the tuna onto the pan. Cook until bar marks appear and turn the tuna around until you have marks all around the tuna. Make sure it is still pink in the middle.

  3. For the coriander pesto, put the coriander, garlic and coconut into a food processor and blend adding enough oil to give you a coarse paste.

  4. For the salad, place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

  5. Cut the tuna into odd shapes and dot onto a plate. Place a quenelle of the pesto on the plate and dress with the cabbage salad.


For the tuna

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 8 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 800g/1lb 12oz fresh tuna steak
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

For the coriander pesto

  • 110g/3¾oz coriander
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 75g/2¾oz fresh coconut, grated
  • vegetable oil

For the salad

  • ½ red cabbage, shredded finely
  • 4 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
  • 4 tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 1 red chilli, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 limes, zest and juice only

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