Grilled Tuna on Sugarcane Skewers with Cucumber Mango Relish

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 45 min
Inactive Prep: 45 min
Cook: 20 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Difficult


  • 2 sticks sugarcane, quartered lengthwise to form 8 thin skewers
  • 4 (1-inch) thick slices center cut tuna loin (about 6 to 7 ounces each)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 to 2 jalapenos, stemmed and seeded
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut crosswise into 1/2 moons
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup chiffonade fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugarcane vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • Oil, for brushing
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Using a sharp knife, make a point at the end of each skewer. Carefully skewer the tuna lengthwise. Keep the tuna refrigerated while preparing the marinade. In the blender, combine the juices, honey, jalapeno(s), onion, cumin and coriander. Puree until smooth. Marinate the tuna for 15 to 20 minutes.

Combine the cucumber, mango, mint, sugar, salt, vinegar and canola oil. Stir to blend well; refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat a grill to medium-high and lightly brush the grates with oil. Remove the tuna from the marinade and grill for 1 or 2 minutes per side for rare and 5 to 10 minutes for well done.

Serve the tuna with the cucumber mango relish.



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