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Gluten-Free Asian-Flavored Tuna with Stir-Fried Vegetables - A Turner Family Favorite

I enjoy cooking all year, but I just love being in the kitchen in the summer because there are so many fresh vegetables available that add great flavor – and healthful ingredients – to all kinds of dishes.

I also like to experiment, and my family serves as willing taste testers. Sometimes my kids help me in the kitchen, so cooking really is a family affair at our house.

This recipe for Asian-flavored tuna with stir-fried vegetables, which is gluten-free, is one of our favorites. My daughter Ava helped me develop this recipe, which calls for marinating tuna in Crown Maple Light Amber Syrup. I’ve also done this recipe with shrimp, and it’s equally delicious. I hope you’ll try it – and let me know what you think!

Oh, and now that it's August, don't forget to submit a recipe (or two!) for the August Recipe of the Month contest. Get your recipe in today and you could win a Crown Maple Trio.

Gluten-Free Asian-Flavored Tuna with Stir-Fried Vegetables


10 ounces tuna, cut into 1-inch chunks
½ cup nama shoyu or wheat-free tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tablespoons Crown Maple Light Amber Syrup
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced thinly
1 carrot, sliced on the diagonal
1 baby bok choy, sliced lengthwise
1 cup broccoli, cut small
1 zucchini, sliced on the diagonal
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil


1. Mix tamari or nama shoyu, ginger, garlic, and Crown Maple Light Amber Syrup in a bowl.

2. Put tuna chunks in it; let marinate for few minutes.

3. Divide chunks evenly and thread onto 2 skewers.

4. Turn broiler to high. When it is heated up, place skewers under it and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Turn and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then set aside.

6. Heat a saute’ pan on high heat.

7. Add the olive and sesame oils.

8. Add all the vegetables except the bok choy.

9. Use a wooden spoon to help coat the vegetables with oil and stir them for 2 minutes as they cook.

10. Add the bok choy and ¼ cup water.

11. Cover for 1 minute, allow vegetables to steam slightly.

12. Place vegetables in a flat bowl and top with tuna skewers.

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