Pomegranate-Chili Glazed Tuna

This weekend I learned that I have the sweetest friends. I mean, I already knew that, of course, but they just got a little sweeter. They apparently only read one food blog: mine. And because of that, they think my pictures are wonderful.

Clearly, I’m the only blogging dork in the crowd, regularly reading over a hundred per week and being constantly reminded that I have zero creativity when it comes to food styling and no clue how to properly set up lighting and use my camera accordingly.

I’m trying, I swear. And in the process of changing my lighting and backgrounds and reflective thingamajigs, I’ve made this sweet little recipe a handful of times. Each time I make it, I tell myself this will be the time I get the perfect shot to capture how wonderful it is. I end every photo session a bit disappointed, but when I hear how much my husband loves it – again – I tend to forget about that.

I’m ending the waiting game for now and sharing it with you as is. Meanwhile, if everyone could keep Tastespotting and Foodgawker a secret from my sweeties, I’d truly appreciate it.

Pomegranate-Chili Glazed Tuna
Adapted from Food and Wine

I’ve made this recipe with swordfish too, and it’s equally as delicious. For swordfish, marinate for up to one hour and increase cooking time.

4 ahi tuna steaks, about 6 oz each
1 medium orange
1 lime
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
pinch of pure stevia extract (a little less than 1/8 teaspoon)
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
pinch of pure stevia extract (a little less than 1/8 teaspoon)
pomegranate seeds, fresh chopped cilantro, and/or sliced green onions, for garnish

Place the tuna steaks in a baking dish. Squeeze the juice from the orange into a small bowl. Zest the lime, and set the zest aside for later. Squeeze the lime juice into the bowl with the orange juice. Add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and stevia. Whisk together and pour over the fish. Marinate for 20-30 minutes, turning occasionally.

Heat a grill or skillet over high heat. Remove the fish from the marinade and strain the marinate into a small saucepan. Add the reserved lime zest, pomegranate juice, chili garlic sauce, and another pinch of stevia. Bring to a boil, and let cook until thick and syrupy.

Meanwhile, sear the fish for 2-4 minutes on each side, brushing some of the glaze on while cooking. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the fish upon serving, and garnish as desired.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 278.3
Total Fat: 3.1 g
Cholesterol: 90.0 mg
Sodium: 846.0 mg
Total Carbs: 21.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
Protein: 39.2 g

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43 Responses to “Pomegranate-Chili Glazed Tuna”

  1. 1

    Shanon — October 12, 2010 @ 6:14 pm Reply

    looks awesome cara!

  2. 2

    Jaime and Jen DISH — October 12, 2010 @ 6:27 pm Reply

    Your photos are beautiful and this dish sounds AMAZING!!!! We love all the ingredients and this is for sure a must try!!!Thank you so much for sharing.JeniferJaime and Jen Dish

  3. 3

    Tasha — October 12, 2010 @ 6:54 pm Reply

    This sounds so good and is making me seriously sad that I can't eat tuna for awhile yet. The pictures beautiful, but then I always think you have lovely photos!

  4. 4

    Dawn — October 12, 2010 @ 7:09 pm Reply

    Oh wow I'm going to have to try this! Something other than my usual wasabi and sesame.

  5. 5

    Joanne — October 12, 2010 @ 11:32 pm Reply

    Haha I feel the same way whenever my friends tell me they really like my pictures. but I have to say, as someone who spends quite a bit of time on tastespotting and foodgawker, I LOVE your pictures! And I always find your food super appealing. I've become obsessed with pomegranates lately and, coincidentally have many bottles in my fridge. I think I'd better make this!

  6. 6

    newlywed — October 12, 2010 @ 11:33 pm Reply

    This looks and sounds yummy! And I read more blogs than I care to admit…and love your pictures.

  7. 7

    Lori Lynn — October 13, 2010 @ 6:11 am Reply

    Looks awesome! The garnishes are fabulous. I know what you mean about the photography. Were learn as we go, and that is part of the fun!LL

  8. 8

    Shannon — October 13, 2010 @ 1:07 pm Reply

    ooh, that LOOKS and sounds fabulous!! i tend to forget about presentation, but i love those little squash rings you served with the tuna :)

  9. 9

    delishliving.com — October 14, 2010 @ 6:29 pm Reply

    LOL, oh I know, I too, LOVE my friends that have no idea about other food blogs :) Too funny! I am also always trying to figure out my photography, and I guess it's just a process. When I look back at the pics I was taking even 6 months ago, I see improvement. I think this meal looks AWESOME and you did a great job.

  10. 10

    pamanner — October 14, 2010 @ 7:37 pm Reply

    Looks delish!

  11. 11

    Pretty. Good. Food. — October 14, 2010 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    Wow, sounds delicious!

  12. 12

    flavourfulbounty — October 15, 2010 @ 12:22 pm Reply

    This looks delicious. And yes, your photography is great! Coupled with healthy recipes, your blog is awesome. :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. 13

    Bridget — October 15, 2010 @ 4:08 pm Reply

    If you want to feel better about your photos, all you have to do is take more pictures of cupcakes. Because they are inherently adorable. :) Seriously, savory things are so much more difficult to photograph than sweet things, and your blog is mostly savory. Still, I personally think your photos are great. And I'm glad I can go ahead and work on my pomegranate-glazed salmon post now!

  14. 14

    Lizzy — October 16, 2010 @ 4:26 pm Reply

    Cara- I think your photos are fabulous and have done a 180 in the year I've been reading. They look great and I'm always jealous by how amazing your photos and food turn out!!! This dish looks like another masterpiece!! Thanks for sharing.

  15. 15

    newlywed — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    This looks and sounds yummy! And I read more blogs than I care to admit…and love your pictures.

  16. 16

    Joanne — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Haha I feel the same way whenever my friends tell me they really like my pictures. but I have to say, as someone who spends quite a bit of time on tastespotting and foodgawker, I LOVE your pictures! And I always find your food super appealing. I've become obsessed with pomegranates lately and, coincidentally have many bottles in my fridge. I think I'd better make this!

  17. 17

    Dawn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Oh wow I'm going to have to try this! Something other than my usual wasabi and sesame.

  18. 18

    Dawn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Oh wow I'm going to have to try this! Something other than my usual wasabi and sesame.

  19. 19

    Tasha — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    This sounds so good and is making me seriously sad that I can't eat tuna for awhile yet. The pictures beautiful, but then I always think you have lovely photos!

  20. 20

    Jaime and Jen DISH — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Your photos are beautiful and this dish sounds AMAZING!!!! We love all the ingredients and this is for sure a must try!!!Thank you so much for sharing.JeniferJaime and Jen Dish

  21. 21

    Jaime and Jen DISH — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    Your photos are beautiful and this dish sounds AMAZING!!!! We love all the ingredients and this is for sure a must try!!!Thank you so much for sharing.JeniferJaime and Jen Dish

  22. 22

    Shanon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:35 pm Reply

    looks awesome cara!

  23. 23

    Lizzy — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Cara- I think your photos are fabulous and have done a 180 in the year I've been reading. They look great and I'm always jealous by how amazing your photos and food turn out!!! This dish looks like another masterpiece!! Thanks for sharing.

  24. 24

    Lizzy — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Cara- I think your photos are fabulous and have done a 180 in the year I've been reading. They look great and I'm always jealous by how amazing your photos and food turn out!!! This dish looks like another masterpiece!! Thanks for sharing.

  25. 25

    Bridget — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    If you want to feel better about your photos, all you have to do is take more pictures of cupcakes. Because they are inherently adorable. :) Seriously, savory things are so much more difficult to photograph than sweet things, and your blog is mostly savory. Still, I personally think your photos are great. And I'm glad I can go ahead and work on my pomegranate-glazed salmon post now!

  26. 26

    flavourfulbounty — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    This looks delicious. And yes, your photography is great! Coupled with healthy recipes, your blog is awesome. :) Thanks for sharing!

  27. 27

    Pretty. Good. Food. — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Wow, sounds delicious!

  28. 28

    pamanner — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Looks delish!

  29. 29

    delishliving.com — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    LOL, oh I know, I too, LOVE my friends that have no idea about other food blogs :) Too funny! I am also always trying to figure out my photography, and I guess it's just a process. When I look back at the pics I was taking even 6 months ago, I see improvement. I think this meal looks AWESOME and you did a great job.

  30. 30

    Shannon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    ooh, that LOOKS and sounds fabulous!! i tend to forget about presentation, but i love those little squash rings you served with the tuna :)

  31. 31

    Shannon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    ooh, that LOOKS and sounds fabulous!! i tend to forget about presentation, but i love those little squash rings you served with the tuna :)

  32. 32

    Lori Lynn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Looks awesome! The garnishes are fabulous. I know what you mean about the photography. Were learn as we go, and that is part of the fun!LL

  33. 33

    Lori Lynn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:51 pm Reply

    Looks awesome! The garnishes are fabulous. I know what you mean about the photography. Were learn as we go, and that is part of the fun!LL

  34. 34

    Lizzy — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Cara- I think your photos are fabulous and have done a 180 in the year I've been reading. They look great and I'm always jealous by how amazing your photos and food turn out!!! This dish looks like another masterpiece!! Thanks for sharing.

  35. 35

    Pretty. Good. Food. — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Wow, sounds delicious!

  36. 36

    Lori Lynn — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Looks awesome! The garnishes are fabulous. I know what you mean about the photography. Were learn as we go, and that is part of the fun!LL

  37. 37

    Dawn — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    Oh wow I'm going to have to try this! Something other than my usual wasabi and sesame.

  38. 38

    Lori Lynn — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    Looks awesome! The garnishes are fabulous. I know what you mean about the photography. Were learn as we go, and that is part of the fun!LL

  39. 39

    Lizzy — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    Cara- I think your photos are fabulous and have done a 180 in the year I've been reading. They look great and I'm always jealous by how amazing your photos and food turn out!!! This dish looks like another masterpiece!! Thanks for sharing.

  40. 40

    Shannon — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    ooh, that LOOKS and sounds fabulous!! i tend to forget about presentation, but i love those little squash rings you served with the tuna :)

  41. 41

    Shannon — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    ooh, that LOOKS and sounds fabulous!! i tend to forget about presentation, but i love those little squash rings you served with the tuna :)

  42. 42

    Joanne — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    Haha I feel the same way whenever my friends tell me they really like my pictures. but I have to say, as someone who spends quite a bit of time on tastespotting and foodgawker, I LOVE your pictures! And I always find your food super appealing. I've become obsessed with pomegranates lately and, coincidentally have many bottles in my fridge. I think I'd better make this!

  43. 43

    Tasha — April 5, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    This sounds so good and is making me seriously sad that I can't eat tuna for awhile yet. The pictures beautiful, but then I always think you have lovely photos!

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