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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 17, 2022

The FAMOUS Tuna Dish from the Basque-Country | Atun a la Vizcaina Recipe

This Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables, known as Atun a la Vizcaina, is one of the best-tasting dishes from Northern Spain. It´s filled with flavors, easy to make and done in just 20 minutes. Serve it next to some roasted potatoes and a bottle of red wine from La Rioja for an incredible meal.

Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables
To make this recipe I used tuna steaks I bought frozen & thawed out. Just to make things easier and cheaper. If you can´t find tuna steaks in your area, you can also use swordfish, salmon or even halibut to make this recipe.

Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables
What flavors the vegetables is the white wine and paprika. If you can´t do white wine, you can substitute it for any broth of your choice or even water. Just make sure to add in a dash of lemon juice for acidity.

Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The thickness of the tuna steaks I used where 1 inch (2.5 cm). I cooked them for 2 minutes per side on a medium heat. If your tuna steaks are thinner, go for 60 to 90 seconds per side. If you over cook the tuna, it will have a tough texture.

Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables
5 from 1 vote

Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 604 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 50 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 cup white wine 125 ml
  • 2 7 oz fresh tuna steaks 400 grams
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Thinly slice the bell peppers, onion and garlic, finely grate the tomatoes

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp (35 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 1 minute add in the sliced vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the sweet smoked Spanish paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomato and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer for 3 minutes, then add in the white wine, lower to a low heat and simmer

  4. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick grilling pan with a medium heat

  5. Pat the tuna steaks dry with paper towels, then drizzle them with a kiss of extra virgin olive oil and rub all over, season with sea salt & black pepper on both sides

  6. Once the grilling pan is hot add in the tuna steaks, cook for 90 seconds to 2 minutes per side, depending on the thickness, then remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack

  7. At this point the vegetables simmering in the white wine should be soft and all the white wine absorbed by the vegetables, remove the pan from the heat

  8. Transfer the vegetables into serving dishes, place the tuna steaks over the vegetables and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika I used in this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Basque-Style Tuna with Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 604 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 1191mg34%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 7934IU159%
Vitamin C 147mg178%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Charles Pascual

    5 stars
    Another easy to prepare, delicious meal. Thank you Albert.

    18 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you!!! Much love 🙂

      19 . Aug . 2022
  2. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms / vegetable broth and skip red and green bell peppers as am not a big fan of red and green bell peppers i never had basque style tuna with vegetables before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    17 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya!! Much love 🙂

      19 . Aug . 2022

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