Sicilian-Style Tuna Steaks – Diabetes Friendly Recipes

February 11, 2022

Patty James

For this diabetes-friendly recipe, you can substitute any firm-fleshed fish, such as halibut or swordfish, and they would also be delicious.

Mealtime: Dinner
Cuisine type: Italian
Author: John Ash
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Active preparation time: 15 minutes
Number of servings: 4
Dish type: Main
Level: Easy


Nutrition per serving:

Calories: 252.59 kcal
Carbohydrates: 13.72 grams
Fat: 8.23 grams
Protein: 29.98 grams



  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 small sweet white onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 4 ounce yellowfin tuna steaks (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 8 oil-packed anchovy fillets, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh mint




Step 1:

Squeeze one orange to yield 1/2 cup juice. Peel and chop the other one and set it aside. Cut the onion in half, then into thin slices (half-moons).


Step 2:

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tuna steaks and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until golden. Transfer to a platter and cover loosely to keep warm.


Step 3:

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion, capers, and anchovies to the skillet, stirring to “melt” the anchovies. Cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring often, or until the onion is translucent and has softened. Add the orange juice and mix well, then return the tuna to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes per side for medium-rare.


Step 4:

Transfer the tuna to a serving platter. Add the chopped orange to the sauce, stir and pour over the sauce/juices over and around the fish. Season the tuna with salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle the mint on top. Serve warm.


Sicilian Style Tuna Steaks - Diabetes Friendly Recipes


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