Tuna Skewers with Chermoula

Recipe courtesy of The Spice Bible: Essential Information and More Than 250 Recipes Using Spices, Spice Mixes, and Spice Pastes by Jane Lawson (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2008)

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For the tuna

  • 1 pound 12 oz. tuna steaks, cut into 1 ¼ inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 ¼ cups chermoula (recipe below), to serve

For the chermoula

  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • 3 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 large handfuls Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 large handfuls cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil


For the tuna
  1. Soak eight bamboo skewers in water for 2 hours, or use metal skewers. Put the tuna in a shallow nonmetallic dish. Combine the California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil, cumin, and lemon zest and pour over the tuna. Toss to coat, then cover and marinate in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  2. Thread the tuna onto the skewers. Lightly oil a grill pan or barbecue grill plate (or use a grill) and cook the skewers for 1 minute on each side for rare, or 2 minutes for medium. Serve with the chermoula drizzled over the tuna.

For the chermoula

  1. Put the ground coriander, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a small frying pan and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  2. Put the spices and all the ingredients, except the California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil, in a blender. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Blend until finely chopped. With the motor running, drizzle in the California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil and blend to a paste. You can also use a mortar and pestle.
  3. Use as required or keep in an airtight jar. The chermoula will keep for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Yields 1 ¼ cups.


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