Thai Tuna Kabobs


This fun, summer twist on traditional kebabs will excite any of your dinner guests! Try our Thai Tuna Kabob recipe and enjoy the unique blend of international flavors, paired with lemon, cilantro and pepper.

Thai Tuna Kabobs
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Marinate Time:
2 hrs
Grill Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen tuna steaks, cut 1 inch thick

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel or lime peel

  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice

  • 3 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 - 2 fresh Thai, serrano, or jalapeño chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch slices

  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 8 wedges

  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Cut fish into 1-inch pieces; set aside. For marinade, in a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, the lemon peel, lemon juice, vinegar, chile pepper, sesame seeds, and oil; set aside.

  2. On eight skewers, alternately thread fish,* zucchini, and red onion, leaving 1/4 inch between pieces. Place kabobs on a platter or in a shallow dish. Brush 1/4 cup of the marinade over kabobs. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours. Cover and chill the remaining marinade.

  3. For a charcoal grill, grill kabobs on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork but is still slightly pink inside, turning occasionally during grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place kabobs on greased grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as directed.)

  4. Transfer kabobs to a serving platter. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro. Serve the remaining chilled marinade as a sauce. If desired, garnish with lime wedges.


Thread tuna onto skewers perpendicular to the grain of the fish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
7g Fat
8g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 29.5mg 148%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 627mg 13%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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