Yellowfin Tuna With Spicy Mango Salsa

  • 24 mins total
  • 20 mins prep
  • 4 mins cook
  • serves 4 people

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Yellowfin tuna with spicy mango salsa.  Fish lovers, be ready! This recipe is for you.

Close your eyes and imagine this: cooked to perfection yellowfin tuna with a beautiful crust of mixed peppercorns, fennel seeds – can you smell them – and coriander.  Cooked to perfection and sitting on a bed of fresh mangoes prepared in a sweet-spicy salsa. Mouthwatering would be the word I would use to describe it.

Spicy mango salsa

Mangoes are one of the fruits that we enjoy most. Prepared in salsa bring any food you will present it with, to a new level. The sweetness of the mango pairs well with the heat of the Sriracha or sambal, and ginger which adds a second spicy layer.  Choose ripe mangoes and that have a fragrant smell to them.  The recipe makes 3 cups and will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

You can also enjoy the spicy mango salsa also with roasted chicken or Pork Tenderloins Pan-Seared.

Yellowfin Tuna

A steak that is firm and dense in texture. Excellent for grilling. The best way to enjoy it is cooked medium-rare, which entails searing it quickly over very high heat. That what I have done here with this recipe.  Please do not overcook it as will lose some of the fantastic flavors.

Incredibly nutritious, and packed with proteins, it also contains healthy fats, omega-3, and vitamins, but not recommended to be consumed every day.


Heat the skillet or grill with no oils. Right before adding the yellowfin tuna steaks to the heat drizzle them with olive oil and cook 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Once the tuna is done remove it from the heat into a plate. Drizzle more olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. The tuna should be crispy on the outside with the help of the rub, and perfectly pink and tender on the inside.

If you have fennel and coriander seeds crush them together with the mixed or regular black peppercorns. This will give it a wonderful flavor to the tuna. Be generous when you rub it on each side of the tuna.

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Nutrition Facts
Yellowfin Tuna with Spicy Mango Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 166mg7%
Potassium 1104mg32%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 1795IU36%
Vitamin C 67mg81%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Yellowfin Tuna with Spicy Mango Salsa

  • 24 mins total
  • 20 mins prep
  • 4 mins cook
  • serves 4 people


Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • 4 fillets of yellowfin tuna
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole mixed peppercorns
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 3 large ripe mangos, peeled and cut into ¼ inch dice
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into small dice
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeds removed, and minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha hot chili sauce, or sambal, or hot pepper sauce
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large ceramic bowl combine the mangoes, onions, jalapeno, ginger, Sriracha, and lemon juice, and blend well. Season with salt and pepper. Use or refrigerate.

  1. In a mortar crush together the fennel seeds, coriander seeds, mixed peppercorn, sea salt, and regular pepper until all seeds are crushed.

    Place the rub on a plate and add the yellowfin tuna and coat them well on both sides.

  2. Meanwhile, heat to high heat a non-stick skillet. Once the skillet is hot, rub some olive oil over the yellowfin tuna and place the oiled side down into the pan. Sear on high 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side.

    Remove from the skillet when done, they should be pink in the middle, sprinkle more olive oil over it, and gentle squeeze lemon over each tuna.

  3. Spread some of the spicy mango salsa in the middle of the plate and place the yellowfin tuna over it.


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Comments (19) Post a Reply

  1. Celeste says:

    this looks ABSOLUTELY delicious 🤤 I love yellowfin tuna, so I can’t wait to try this new recipe. I’ve never had a mango salsa before, but the addition of lemon and sriracha sounds like a match made in heaven! Thank you for sharing

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you so much Celeste! You will love this savory recipe. Full of flavor and yet so easy to put together.
      Bon Appetit!

  2. Kalu says:

    This recipe sounds absolutely heavenly. Mango is one of my favorite fruit, so this dish is perfect. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My pleasure Kalu, anytime.

  3. Ashley says:

    Absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I was so shocked that even my kids enjoyed it. It was their first fish dish too!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      WOW!!! Super excited that your kids enjoyed it too. That is a heartfelt compliment, thank you.
      Thank you for making my recipe.

  4. Sue says:

    I love yellowfin tuna but never know what to do with it. I’ll be trying this for sure!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Sue, You will love this recipe then. Quick and easy with lots of flavors.

  5. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says:

    What a beautiful and simple meal. Love the bright flavors in the mango salsa!

  6. Jeannie says:

    never thought of adding yellow mangoes as salsa before, interesting and sounds delicious. I wanna give it a try!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will love them. Sweet and juicy and the perfect combination with any onion or spice.
      Enjoy it!

  7. Gabriela says:

    Oh my word the vibrant colors in this brilliant and delicious recipe are just out of this world.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you, Gabriela. You will enjoy the flavors too. Spicy and sweet with a hint of freshness. A love affair with your palate.

  8. Colette says:

    This looks incredible! So fast and easy! I love mango salad. I’ve never cooked tuna at home, but now that I have your recipe, I would like to try it. That’s amazing that you only sheer the tuna for 1 1/2 minutes to 2 minutes for medium-rare; I need to remember that. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My pleasure Colette. I love fish and anyway I can prepare it is a gift to me. Yes, this yellowfin tuna only takes less than 2 minutes per side. Of course, you can cook it a bit longer, be careful not to overcook it as it becomes dry.

  9. Christina's Bread Bakes says:

    You had me at mango (the tuna is just a bonus). 🙂 Love, love, love the flavors in this mango salsa.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will LOVE it!! So tasty! Sweet, spicy and refreshing and savory combination. Make extra and try it with grilled chicken, yummy!!
      Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by,

  10. Jennifer says:

    The perfect spring lunch!!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you! So easy to make and the mango salsa can be used with chicken as well.

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