Healthy Recipes

Healthy Eats: Cretan Spicy Tuna

Swap your dry dinner for this healthy, flavorful fare.

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Travis Rathbone / M+F Magazine
Travis Rathbone / M+F Magazine

The Mediterranean-inspired ingredients in this spiced tuna recipe fall in line with the Mediterranean Diet, which has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and other chronic illnesses.

Cretan Spicy Tuna Servings: 4
Cook time: 15 min
You'll need
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp blended oil (90% canola/10% extra-virgin)
  • 1½ to 1¾ lb ahi tuna loin, cut into 4 steaks
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
1. Toast Cretan spice mix ingredients in a 350° oven or toaster oven for 5-10 minutes. transfer to a spice grinder and grind to a powder.
2. In a large skillet, warm blended oil over medium-high heat. season tuna on both sides with salt and pepper. Dust all sides (including the edges) generously with Cretan spice mix.
3. Sear tuna for about 2 minutes, turn over, reduce heat, and cook for 1½-2 minutes more, depending on preference. rest for 2-3 minutes.
4. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil.