A fragrant peanut sauce sends this tropical tuna recipe over the top in terms of flavor power per bite. To make the sauce quickly and easily in a blender, we've bumped up the volume of ingredients, so you'll have some leftovers. The sauce works great for making peanut noodles or as a dipping sauce for just about anything. Recipe adapted from Chef Greg Harrison, Pacific'O Restaurant.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 10 mins


Peanut Sauce
Tropical Salsa


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare peanut sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add lemongrass, garlic, ginger, lime leaf and cilantro stems. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add sake and cook, stirring, until almost evaporated, about 10 seconds. Add broth, coconut milk, peanuts, peanut butter and fish sauce; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

  • Off the heat, stir lime juice, sambal oelek and the cilantro leaves into the sauce. Puree the sauce in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Return to the pan and cover to keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, to prepare salsa: Combine fruit, onion, 2 tablespoons cilantro, jalapeno, 1 tablespoon each lemon and lime juice and pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • To prepare fish: Combine panko, coconut and macadamias in a shallow dish. Place flour in another dish and egg whites in a third dish.

  • Sprinkle tuna with salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg white, letting excess drip off, then coat with the coconut mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the tuna and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the tuna and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Cook 4 to 5 minutes more for medium-rare. Serve with some of the peanut sauce and salsa.


To make ahead: Refrigerate peanut sauce (Steps 1 & 2) for up to 3 days. Thin with water to desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces tuna, 3 tablespoons sauce and 1/2 cup salsa
426 calories; protein 34g; carbohydrates 16.7g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 5.9g; fat 25g; saturated fat 8.1g; cholesterol 44.2mg; vitamin a iu 513.9IU; vitamin c 25mg; folate 29mcg; calcium 31.2mg; iron 2.4mg; magnesium 78.6mg; potassium 749.2mg; sodium 504.2mg.

5 fat, 4 lean protein, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 starch