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Dive into Deliciousness: Thon a L’orange – A Caribbean Twist on Tuna

Thon a L'orange

Who says tuna has to be boring? This Thon a L’orange recipe, also known as Tuna Fish with Orange, takes your taste buds on a tropical adventure with its bright citrusy notes and vibrant tomato sauce.

Ready in just 30 minutes, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights but feels special enough for guests. And the best part? It’s surprisingly simple to make!

Thon a L’orange is more than just a pretty name:

Did you know “Thon” is the French word for “tuna”? So, next time you order this dish, you’ll sound like a pro! But don’t be intimidated by the fancy name – this recipe is down-to-earth and approachable.

A taste of the Caribbean:

This recipe hails from the vibrant culinary scene of the Caribbean, possibly originating in Martinique. While some Caribbean dishes might seem exotic, this one uses readily available ingredients, making it easy to bring a taste of the islands to your kitchen.

Tuna: More than just a pantry staple:

Whether you use fresh tuna for a truly decadent experience or rely on the convenience of canned tuna, you’re in for a treat. Fresh tuna grilled with your favorite spices is fantastic, but canned tuna offers a quick and budget-friendly option. No matter your preference, tuna is a nutritional powerhouse, supporting heart health, weight management, and even blood pressure regulation. Remember, moderation is key, and consulting your doctor is always recommended.

Thon a L'orange
Fresh Tuna Fish

The updated recipe:

I’ve included an updated version of the recipe below, along with some suggestions for side dishes to complete your tropical feast. So, grab your ingredients, crank up some island tunes, and let’s get cooking!


  • Tuna: 4 slices of white tuna or 1 large fillet cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Citrus: 1 lime or lemon
  • Oil: Olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil
  • Flavorings:
    • 1 orange (zest and juice)
    • 2 carrots, cut into sticks
    • 2 celery stalks, cut into sticks
    • 1 medium white onion, sliced or julienned
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
    • ½ cup water at room temperature
    • Cayenne pepper, crushed hot peppers, or hot sauce
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions (Summary):

  1. Clean the tuna: Use the lime or lemon to remove any surface impurities from the tuna.
  2. Heat the oil: Choose your preferred oil and heat it in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Sauté aromatics: Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the pan and cook until softened.
  4. Add flavors: Add the garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper (or hot sauce), and orange zest. Sauté for a minute.
  5. Incorporate liquids: Pour in the orange juice and water.
  6. Season and simmer: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Cook the tuna: Carefully add the tuna slices to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until desired doneness.
  8. Finish and serve: Garnish with fresh thyme (optional) and serve immediately.

This is a brief overview of the recipe. For detailed instructions and cooking times, please refer to the full recipe you previously mentioned.

Thon a L'orange
Thon a L’orange | Tuna with orange sauce

Side dish ideas:

  • Grain dishes like rice, quinoa, or couscous
  • Boiled root vegetables like plantainsyucca, or sweet potatoes
  • A simple green salad with a citrus vinaigrette

The best seasoning for tuna depends on several factors, including:

Preparation: Are you cooking fresh tuna steaks, using canned tuna, or making something like tuna salad? Flavor profile: Do you prefer a citrusy, spicy, earthy, or smoky flavor? Personal preference: What flavors do you enjoy most?

Here are some general suggestions for seasoning tuna:

Fresh tuna steaks:

  • Classic: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika
  • Mediterranean: Lemon zest, oregano, thyme, rosemary
  • Asian: Sesame seeds, ginger, soy sauce, mirin
  • Spicy: Cayenne pepper, chili flakes, chipotle po

Canned tuna:

  • Salad: Mayonnaise, celery salt, onion powder, dried dill
  • Sandwich: Dijon mustard, capers, red onion, lemon juice
  • Melts: Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast
  • Asian-inspired: Sriracha, sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce

Additional tips:

  • Use fresh herbs whenever possible for added flavor and aroma.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment! Try different combinations of seasonings to find what you like best.
  • Start with a small amount of seasoning and add more to taste.
  • Consider the other ingredients in your dish when choosing your seasonings.

Here are some resources for specific tuna recipes:

  • Thon a L’orange: This recipe uses orange zest and juice, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
  • Mediterranean Tuna Salad: This recipe uses lemon zest, oregano, thyme, rosemary, celery, red onion, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard.
  • Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl: This recipe uses sesame seeds, ginger, soy sauce, sriracha, avocado, and cucumber.

Ready to take the plunge?

Thon a L’orange is a delightful way to expand your culinary horizons and enjoy the goodness of tuna in a whole new light. Give it a try, and let me know how it turns out!


Tuna Fish with Orange or Thon a L’orange

Tuna Fish with Orange or Thon a L’orange. Fresh Tuna Fish with Orange made with simple ingredients. Fresh tuna fish, carrot, celery, onion, orange juice and fresh spices with a hint of hot pepper sauce. A Caribbean favorite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course fish, Main Course, Main Dishes, seafood
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4 – 6
Calories 51 kcal


  • 4 slices or white tuna or one large fillet cut in half inch slices
  • 1 lime or lemon to clean fish
  • Olive oil grapeseed oil or coconut oil
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 2 carrots cut in sticks
  • 2 celery stalks cut in sticks
  • 1 medium white onion cut in slices or julienned
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • ½ cup water at room temperature
  • Cayenne pepper crushed hot peppers or hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Clean the tuna slices with the lime or lemon (cut lime or lemon in half and rub each halves onto the tuna slices while squeezing some of the juice out). Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
  • In a large frying pan, heat 1 – 2 tablespoon of oil over low heat. Add carrots and celery sticks, onion, unpeeled garlic cloves, thyme and water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.
  • Season the tuna slices on both sides with salt and pepper. In the same pan, add oil if needed, pan-fry and brown the tuna slices on both sides for about 1 minute on each side over medium heat. Lower the heat and add vegetables to tuna while pan-frying. Add the zest of the orange, the juice of the orange, cayenne pepper, crushed peppers or hot sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 3 – 5 minutes while making sure that each side gets cooked with the vegetables. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite grain dish or root vegetables.


Recipe updated from Cookbook: Cuisiner Creole.


Calories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 27mgPotassium: 237mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5233IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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