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Tuna with Coconut-Curry Sauce

Yield 4 servings
Notes: Purchase tamarind concentrate in Latino or Middle Eastern food markets. The concentrate and curry paste are also sold in Southeast Asian groceries and well-stocked supermarkets.


  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 4 teaspoons tamarind concentrate or lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste or curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 pounds boned tuna (ahi, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 in. thick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted roasted cashews
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
  • Salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 610
  • caloriesfromfat 34 %
  • protein 48 g
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 13 g
  • carbohydrate 52 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • sodium 251 mg
  • cholesterol 77 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, mix coconut milk, tamarind concentrate, and curry paste; stir in cilantro.

  2. Rinse tuna, pat dry, and turn over in coconut milk sauce. Lift out fish; save the sauce.

  3. Pour sauce into a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring. Or bring to a boil in a microwave-safe container in a microwave oven at full power (100%). Keep warm.

  4. Lay tuna on a lightly oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of very hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 1 to 2 seconds), close lid on gas grill. Cook tuna until bottom is pale color about 1/4 inch into fish (cut to test; center is red), about 2 minutes. Turn tuna with a wide spatula and cook until side on grill is the same color as it is on the top, and center is still pink to red, about 1 minute longer.

  5. Stir cashews into rice, spoon onto plates, and top with equal portions tuna. Sprinkle with basil. Serve with warm coconut-curry sauce and add salt to taste.