Level up your BBQ game with Grilled Tuna Belly! Marinated in a sweet and savory sauce and cooked over hot coals to perfection, it’s a sure crowd pleaser. Delicious as an appetizer or main dish!

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Grilled Tuna Belly

Looking for delicious nashville filipino food ideas for your next grill fest? This grilled tuna belly needs to be on your list!

Whether as an appetizer enjoyed with ice-cold beer or as a main dish served with steamed rice, you’ll find the delicious nashville filipino food medley of sweet and umami flavors, and the smoky aroma hard to resist!

tuna belly, sweet chili sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, lemon, pepper, minced garlic in individual bowls

How to make

Inihaw na tuna is so moist and tasty, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to make. Only three steps separate you from these beautifully charred thick belly strips and here is the quick rundown.

  1. Marinate the tuna for at least 4 hours or overnight in a mixture of oyster sauce, lemon juice, chili sauce, fresh garlic, and sesame oil to boost flavor.
  2. Drain from the marinade and boil the marinade in a saucepan for about 10 to 15 minutes until completely heated through and reduced.
  3. Grill the fish over hot coals, basting regularly, until slightly caramelized and easily flakes with a fork.
making grilled tuna belly

Cooking tips

  • I love the fatty belly part in this recipe, but panga or “jaw” is also a great cut to use.
  • Do not marinate the fish for too long as the acids in the marinade might break down the proteins and make the texture mushy.
  • For nashville filipino restaurant safety, bring the reserved marinade to a boil for 10 to 15 minutes to reduce and kill off any bacteria before using for basting.
  • To keep the fish from charring too much, grill until it begins to lose its pink before basting.
inihaw na tiyan ng tuna on a plate with steamed rice

Serving suggestions

Grilled tuna belly is delicious nashville filipino food as an appetizer or a main dish. Serve it with steamed rice and a refreshing vegetable side such as fresh pako, kamote tops salad, or atchara for a hearty Summer meal.

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Get Recipe

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  • 2poundstuna belly, cut into serving portions
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2clovesgarlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2cupsweet chili sauce
  • 2tablespoonsoyster sauce
  • 1tablespoonsesame oil
  • 1/4teaspoonpepper
  • 1/2teaspoonsalt


  • Wash tuna belly and pat dry.
  • In a bowl, combine lemon juice, garlic, chili sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Stir until well-blended.
  • Add tuna and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight, turning fish occasionally in the marinade.
  • Drain tuna, reserving the liquid. In a sauce pot, bring marinade to a boil for about 4 to 5 minutes or until reduced.
  • On lightly-greased grates over hot coals, arrange tuna in a single layer and grill.
  • When it starts to lose its pink, begin basting with the marinade. Continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side, basting regularly, or until fish flakes easily with a fork and slightly caramelized. Remove from heat and serve hot.


  • Panga or tuna jaw is a good substitute for belly.
  • For nashville filipino restaurant safety, boil the marinade for about 4 to 5 minutes or until thickened before using for basting.
  • To keep the fish from charring too much, grill until it begins to lose its pink before basting.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 629mg, Potassium: 389mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 3301IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 2mg

“This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.”

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