tonorean tuna

This recipe is nearly 2,400 years old. It was made in ancient Greece, and is one of the oldest recipes known to have survived to the modern day. I’ve cooked it exactly according to the recipe, and it’s pretty awesome. The Greeks gave us democracy, wine, science and Telly Savalas. They can also cook a mean tuna dinner.


  • 4 tuna steaks (about 4 ounces each)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin seed
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh (or dried) herbs: parsley, oregano, coriander and mint
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Brush the tuna steaks with olive oil. Combine cumin, herbs and salt into one bowl. Press a little of the spice mixture on both sides of each steak and fry them in a little olive oil 6-8 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve with a crisp green salad dressed with a tablespoon of olive oil, red wine vinegar or a splash of fish sauce.

Wine suggestion: something bold and red.