If you are looking to make a fish fry that is easy to make and at the same time very tasty, then try this Spicy Tuna steak bites. Great to serve with some salad or as a side dish with some mashed potato or avocado.
This fish fry can be easily made in a pan by frying them.
Why Tuna is good for you?
Tuna fish has lots of nutritional properties. Here are some key properties of tuna fish:
- Protein-Rich: Tuna is a excellent source of high-quality protein, essential for muscle development and overall body function.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, which are beneficial for heart health and may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Vitamins and Minerals: Tuna is rich in various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium, and iron.
- Low in Fat: While tuna does contain some fat, it is generally low in saturated fat.
- Low in Calories: Tuna is a relatively low-calorie food.
You need the following ingredients to make this
- Tuna: I used Ahi frozen tuna; you can use fresh tuna too.
- Cayenne pepper: Adds heat to dish.
- Black pepper: I used crushed black pepper you can use fine one also.
- Salt: You need well salted Tuna.
- Maple syrup (optional): Fish dishes always taste better with hint of sweetness. If you do not like the slight sweetness, you may opt not to add.
- White Cornmeal/semolina gives a crispy coating as well help to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of pan.
- See recipe card for quantities.
How to make these Tuna Steaks?
First mix cayenne pepper, black pepper salt and white cornmeal and maple syrup and set aside.
Ahi Tuna and Spice mix
Coat the Tuna with spice mix
Cook the Tuna steak bites in peanut oil
Once it is cooked filp and cook other side
Coat the tuna steak with spice mix and set aside for 15-20 minutes.
Then in a skillet heat peanut oil and add spice coated tuna and cook each side for 3-4 minutes depending upon the thickness.
Enjoy warm with topped with salad or side dish.
Instead of maple syrup you can use ginger-garlic paste to add some extra kick to it.
To tone down heat, instead of cayenne pepper use paprika alone or half paprika and half cayenne pepper.
You can use both fresh and frozen tuna for this recipe. I have used Wild-Caught Ahi Tuna for this recipe.
Any type of Tuna will work for this recipe as Ahi Tuna is known for its high fat content, rich flavor, and meaty texture, while Albacore Tuna is a milder flavor and softer, more delicate texture.
Yellow cornmeal also works in this recipe.
How to Serve this spicy tuna steak bites
You can serve these spicy tuna steak bites with a bed of salad.
With mashed potato or mashed avocado and touch of lime or lemon juice.
Make sure to coat the spice mix properly to each tuna pieces so that every piece taste uniform.
You can also cook these spicy tuna steak bites in a grill or air fryer.
If you are using a grill, you need to use skewer or grill plate to prevent the small bites falling into the grill.
Can I make this spicy tuna steak bites in air fryer?
Yes you can make this spicy tuna steak bites in air fryer.
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Spicy Tuna Steak Bites
- 4 Ahi tuna steak cut it into 3-inch cubes 3.5 ounce each thawed
- 1½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¾ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon cornmeal
- ¾ cup peanut oil
- First cut the Tuna into 3-inch cubes and pat dry and set aside.
- In a large bowl add cayenne pepper ,salt , maple syrup pepper and cornmeal. Mix well.
- Add spice mix into Tuna pieces and coat well. And set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and then add salmon pieces and cook for 3-4 minutes or until one side is cooked then flip and cook the other side too.
- When both sides are cooked well remove from the pan and serve with mashed avocado or with salad.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.