Recipe for Tuna Satay

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The Philippines, being an archipelagic country, is abundant in fresh and delicious seafood. This tuna satay recipe is perfect for health-conscious individuals and for those who want a seafood version of the famous Filipino Satay. Tuna satay, like the other kinds of satay, is served for lunch, dinner, snacks, and in big gatherings. Satay stands also offer tuna satay along with beef, chicken, pork, goat, and other types of Satay. Tuna satay is also perfect to go along with vegetable-based dishes for a perfectly healthy meal. General Santos Province, the hometown of famous boxer Manny Pacquiao, is known for their great supply of tuna and other seafood.

Ingredients for the Tuna Satay (2 guests):

• 300 grams tuna fillet, sliced
• 1/4 cup lemongrass, chopped
• plus 18 (5-inch) bamboo sticks
• 2 bird's eye chilies (siling labuyo), seeded
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon fish sauce
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• dash of nutmeg
• 1/4 cup coconut milk
• 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 (2-inch) piece chopped ginger
• 2 kaffir lime leaves
• 2 chopped shallots


1. Using a big bowl, mix coconut milk, ginger, turmeric salt, sugar, shallots, coriander powder, salt, nutmeg, pepper, lime leaves, and chilies. Mix until smooth.

2. Toss tuna fillet into the bowl and add fish sauce. Mix in the lemongrass.

3. Skewer the tuna fillet and proceed with grilling. The spice mixture can be used to baste the fish as it cooks.

4. Turn the skewers for even cooking. Each side should cook for about 4 minutes.

5. Serve cooked tuna satay with peanut sauce or with sweet chili sauce.