Pistachio crust teams up with a savory mustard-dill sauce for an exceptional tuna dish. Choose “sushi grade” tuna steaks if you prefer a milder flavor. Make it a meal: Serve with brown rice and steamed broccolini.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place shallot, bay leaf and wine in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce until the wine is almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, discard bay leaf and transfer to a small bowl. Add sour cream, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon dill, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir to combine.

  • Put breadcrumbs, pistachios, the remaining 1 teaspoon dill and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor. Process until finely ground. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Dredge both sides of the tuna in the pistachio mixture.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the tuna and cook until browned, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Serve with the lemon-dill sauce.


?Note: We like Ian's brand of coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. Or, make your own breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice makes about 1/3 cup. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry and crispy, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

239 calories; protein 30.5g 61% DV; carbohydrates 7.6g 3% DV; dietary fiber 1.3g 5% DV; sugars 1.2g; fat 6.8g 10% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterol 48.6mg 16% DV; vitamin a iu 166.9IU 3% DV; vitamin c 1.6mg 3% DV; folate 9.2mcg 2% DV; calcium 28.6mg 3% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 52.9mg 19% DV; potassium 624.6mg 18% DV; sodium 384.8mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
This was really good and my husband loved it. I will definitely make this again and soon. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Not that great - we had high hopes but it's really not too flavorful. I love Eating Well but I'd say pick another recipe for your good tuna! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I thought this was an awesome recipe! I haven't found many fish recipes that I don't consider so-so but this one was really good. The fish itself was good but with the sauce - amazing!! This will definitely become a regular recipe in our house! Read More