Seared tuna with coconut chilli chutney and cabbage salad

Banana leaves make a great presentation, but they aren’t absolutely necessary for this quick, zesty tuna dish.


For the coconut chilli chutney
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tomato, roughly chopped
  • 2 red chillies, roughly chopped
  • ½ coconut, white flesh grated
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ lime, juice only
For the tuna
  • 4 x 150g/5½oz fresh tuna steaks
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the salad
  • ½ white cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 4 pieces banana leaf, to serve

Preparation method

  1. For the coconut chilli chutney, mash the garlic, tomato, red chilli, coconut, turmeric and lime juice in a pestle and mortar until a paste is formed, or blend in a food processor.

  2. Rub the tuna with a little oil, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Heat a griddle pan until hot, add the tuna and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Remove the tuna from the pan and set aside to rest for a couple of minutes.

  5. For the salad, combine the cabbage and red onion in a medium glass bowl and stir.

  6. In another bowl, make a dressing with the fish sauce, white wine vinegar, palm sugar, coconut milk and lime juice and pour over the salad. Stir then add the herbs and mix until well combined.

  7. To serve place the banana leaf onto a board and pile some cabbage into the centre.

  8. Place the tuna on top then spoon the chutney on top.

  9. Fold the banana leaf over the bottom, then across either side to form a cone like shape, then secure with a cocktail stick. Serve immediately.

Required techniques

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

Less than 10 mins cooking time

Serves 4

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