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Grilled tuna steaks with cilantro and basil


Health Canada encourages us to try to eat fish twice a week. Here is a great recipe for the BBQ that gets you at least one serving of fish.


  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) dried pepper flakes
  • 6 tuna steaks (6 oz/170 g each), rinsed and patted dry
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) minced garlic


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, canola oil and pepper flakes. Place tuna steaks and 2 tbsp (25 mL) of soy sauce mixture in a large, resealable plastic bag. Turn bag several times to coat tuna steaks. Refrigerate no longer than 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill. Coated with cooking spray over high heat. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, combine cilantro, basil, lime juice, vinegar and garlic.
  3. Remove tuna from bag, discarding any leftover marinade, and grill tuna for 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until very pink in center (internal temperature of 145 °F/65 °C). Do not overcook tuna or it will become tough. Serve with remaining soy sauce mixture and top with equal amounts of cilantro mixture.

Nutritional info per serving (1 of 6)

Calories 210

Protein 27 g

Sodium 240 mg

Potassium 320 mg

Total fat 10 g

  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg

Carbohydrates 2 g

  • Fibre 0 g
  • Sugars 1 g
  • Added sugars 0 g

For more recipes, check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Website.