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Tuna steaks with basil and Satay Spices

Tuna steaks with basil and Satay Spices

A great illustration of how to successfully use traditional spice blends with not-so-traditional ingredients and techniques.


  • 1 lb tuna steaks, thickly sliced
  • 4 tsp satay spices, ground
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½-inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp sherry or white wine
  • 2 tomatoes, diced small
  • Fresh basil leaves


  1. 1

    Season the tuna with the Satay Spices.

  2. 2

    Heat a frying pan and sear the tuna steaks in oil (approx. 90 seconds per side). Set aside on a plate.

  3. 3

    Reduce heat and sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, lemon slices, salt and pepper (3–4 minutes).

  4. 4

    Pour in the sherry, then add the tomatoes; continue to simmer for another 3 minutes.

  5. 5

    Tear basil leaves into pieces and add to mixture. Return tuna and any juices to pan and reheat for 1 minute.

  6. 6

    Remove the lemon slices and serve.