Grilled Tuna with Sweet & Hot Salsa

Grilled Tuna with Sweet & Hot Salsa

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

This grilled tuna recipe is packed with protein. Be sure to get a bit of the salsa with each bite so you can enjoy the sweet and hot flavor explosion.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 2 5-ounce fresh or frozen tuna steaks, cut ¾- to 1-inch thick
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chopped seeded watermelon
  • ½ cup chopped yellow or orange sweet pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh mint
  • Lime wedges (optional)


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  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Set aside. If using cumin seeds, in a small dry skillet, heat cumin seeds over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until aromatic, shaking skillet occasionally. Crush cumin seeds in a mortar and pestle.
  2. In a small bowl, combine crushed cumin seeds or ground cumin, the lime peel, lime juice, oil, ⅛ teaspoon of the crushed red pepper and the salt. Pour over fish in bag; turn to coat fish. Seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, to prepare salsa: In a small bowl, combine watermelon, sweet pepper, green onion, mint and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Set aside.
  4. Drain fish, discarding marinade. For a charcoal grill, grill fish on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 6 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, gently turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place fish on greased grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above). Serve fish topped with watermelon mixture. If desired, serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tuna steak and ⅔ cup salsa
  • Per serving: 252 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 34 g protein; 28 mcg folate; 63 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 1,657 IU vitamin A; 61 mg vitamin C; 44 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 202 mg sodium; 822 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (102% daily value), Vitamin A (33% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 4½ lean protein, ½ fat, ½ fruit

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