Crispy tuna steaks in citrus sauce

    24 min

    Their meaty texture makes tuna steaks a favourite with those who say they don't like fish. Here, a crisp crust keeps the tuna juicy and provides a delicious contrast. Who could resist?

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    Serves: 4 

    • For the sauce
    • 2 large oranges
    • 350ml (12fl oz) orange juice
    • 2 tbsp dry white wine (optional)
    • 2 tbsp cornflour
    • For the tuna steaks
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
    • 2 tbsp cornmeal (maize meal) or polenta
    • pepper to taste
    • 4 tuna steaks, 1cm (½in) thick, 175g (6oz) each
    • 4 tsp olive oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:9min  ›  Ready in:24min 

    1. Peel and segment the oranges. Whisk together the orange juice, wine (if using) and cornflour in a small saucepan until smooth. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the orange segments. Keep warm.
    2. Mix the coriander, cornmeal and pepper in a shallow dish. Coat both sides of the tuna steaks with the cornmeal mixture, pressing firmly so it adheres.
    3. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Sear the tuna for about 2–3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or longer according to your taste. Add the remaining oil just before turning the fish. Serve with the sauce.

    Some more ideas

    Meaty fish such as tuna hold their shape well when cooked like this. You can prepare salmon, swordfish and shark steaks in the same way.

    Health points

    Tuna is a member of the mackerel family, all of which are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Like most fish, tuna is also rich in B vitamins, including niacin and vitamins B1 and B6.

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