Featured Recipe: Walnut Crusted Tuna Kabobs with Onion and Pepper Rice

Copyright Linda Gassenheimer

Juicy tuna kabobs with crunchy coating great for a quick indoor or outdoor grilled dinner

Juicy cubes of tuna with a crunchy coating of chopped walnuts are cooked on skewers accompanied by thick rings of zucchini and plump, ripe grape tomatoes. Brown rice with chopped green peppers and onions makes a quick side dish.

To help the cubes of meat and vegetables cook evenly the skewers, I place the tuna on one kabob and the vegetables on another.  Also, leave about 1/4-inch space between the pieces on the skewer. This way the heat can reach the sides of the food as well as the top and bottom.  You can cook the kabobs on a stove-top grill or under the broiler.

A new type of brown rice is now available in the supermarkets.  The rice can be cooked in its package in a microwave oven in 60 or 90 seconds depending on the brand. That’s right 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  It’s a great way to serve brown rice with very little effort. If you prefer, use 10-minute brown rice and follow the package instructions.

If using wood skewers, be sure to soak in water for about 15 minutes before use.  This prevents them burning while on the grill.




3/4 pound tuna steaks, cut into 1-inch cubes

1/4 cup low-sugar apricot jam or jelly

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

1 medium zucchini cut into1/2 inch slices (about 2 cups)

8 grape or cherry tomatoes

4 metal or wooden skewers

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the stove-top grill or broiler.  Mix the jam and walnuts together in a bowl.  Add the tuna cubes and mix to completely cover the cubes with the walnut mixture. Thread skewers with tuna cubes. Thread zucchini and tomatoes, alternating them, on 2 other skewers. Place skewers on stove-top grill for 5 minutes. Turn and grill 3 minutes. If using a broiler, line a baking sheet with foil and broil the kabobs 5 inches from the heat for the same amount of time. Reduce the cooking time for the tuna to 6 minutes for rare tuna. Makes 2 servings.



1/2 cup frozen chopped onion

1/2 cup frozen chopped green pepper

1 8-ounce package microwave brown rice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place onion and green pepper in a bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute to defrost.  Remove from microwave.  Cook rice in microwave oven according to package instructions (60 or 90 seconds for most brands).  Remove from microwave and add to the onions and rice.  Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition Information

WALNUT CRUSTED TUNA KABOBS:Per serving: 383 calories (17 percent from fat), 7.2 g fat ( 1.0 g saturated, 1.1 g monounsaturated), 78 mg cholesterol, 44.2 g protein, 37.7 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g fiber, 96 mg sodium. ONION AND PEPPER RICE: Per serving: 192 calories (15 percent from fat), 3.1 g fat (0.4 g saturated, 0.8 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 4.5 g protein, 37.2 g carbohydrates, 2.0 g fiber, 6 mg sodium.

Shopping List

To buy: 3/4 pound tuna steaks, 1 small jar low-sugar apricot jam or jelly, 1 small package walnut pieces, 1 medium zucchini, 1 package grape or cherry tomatoes, 1 package frozen chopped onion, 1 package frozen chopped green pepper and 1 8-ounce package 60 or 90 second brown rice.

Staples: Salt and black peppercorns.

Helpful Hints

  • A meaty fish such as halibut or swordfish can be used instead of tuna.
  • Pecans, almonds or peanuts can be used instead of walnuts.
  • Finely chop walnuts in the food processor.


  • Prepare the kabobs.
  • Preheat the stove-top grill or broiler
  • Cook kabobs.
  • While kabobs cook, make rice.