2 portions; 10 min preparation; 20 min waiting; 5 min cooking.
It’s still quite cold outside, so I wanted something delicious to remind me about the Caribbean sun. I really wanted a light and fresh dinner, so I decided to improvise with what I had in the fridge. This dish is really light. Depending on the size of the tuna, you can eat it by itself or prepare it as an entry to your dinner. Either way, it will be great!
I always have mint in my fridge. I love the taste and smell of it and you can use it for so many dishes. Or if you don’t have any recipe in mind, just make fresh mint tea. It’s proven that mint is good for you – it stimulates the digestive and immune system and it contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants.
And let’s not forget about the healthy benefits of eating tuna. It’s rich of lean protein, helps against obesity, stimulate growth and has a positive effect on your immune system. Above that it decreases the chance of strokes and prevents cardiovascular conditions. It’s tasty and very healthy!
2 tuna steaks (about 350-400 g)
2 tbsp minced mint
2 tbsp chia seeds
salt and pepper
1 1/2 tbsp mild olive oil
For the salsa
1 tbsp minced mint
1 red chilli pepper, minced
1 lime (juice and zest)
Make the salsa first so that it has enough time to marinade. Remove the mango seed and chop the mango to even pieces. Take the zest of the lime and squeeze the juice. Remove the seeds of the chilli and mince fine. Mix everything together in a bowl and put in the fridge for 20 min to marinade. If you have more time, you can make the salsa in advance.
Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper to your taste. Mince the mint leaves fine. Make a mix of the chia seeds, mint and a little bit of mild olive oil. Rub the mix on both sides of the steak and leave aside for 20 min to marinade.
Heat the olive oil on a high heat. It’s better if you use a grill pan, then the tuna will have beautiful marks. It will take 1 1/2-2 min per side to be medium in the middle. Don’t overcook the tuna, it will dry out. Serve with the cooled salsa. Enjoy!