Seared Wild Tuna Steak
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These quick and simple seared wild tuna steaks are so delicious. Fresh tuna steaks are in a league of their own and don't need complicated marinades or spices to taste wonderful.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Portuguese
Serves: 4 Steaks
  • 1 tbs + 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 4 wild tuna steaks (approx. 2.2 lbs or 1 kg)
  • 1½ tsp coarse salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ lemon
  1. Remove the tuna steaks from the fridge about 20 minutes before you're ready to cook them.
  2. Add one tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large pan and set the stove top heat to medium high.
  3. Place the tuna steaks on a large cutting board.
  4. Drizzle the oil over the steaks and use your hands to coat them on both side and the edges.
  5. Crack ground black pepper over the steaks evenly.
  6. Sprinkle the course salt evenly over the steaks.
  7. Using your hands, gently pat down the salt and pepper into and around the tuna steaks to make sure they're all covered.
  8. Swirl the oil around in the pan to cover the bottom.
  9. Carefully pllace the tuna steaks on the hot pan to sear. Note that with the pan hot enough and the drizzle of oil, the steaks should not stick to the pan.
  10. You should start to see the bottom of the steaks cook and loose their redness.
  11. After about three minutes, turn the tuna steaks over. The top should be nicely seared.
  12. Once again, the bottom of the steaks will start to loose their redness as it cooks.
  13. You will see a line of red between the bottom and top of the steaks.
  14. After about three minutes, remove the tuna steaks from the pan onto a serving dish.
  15. Tent the steaks with aluminum foil for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  16. Squirt the steaks with freshly squeezed lemon and serve hot with your favourite side.
We happen to like our tuna a little more well done than typically seen at restaurants and cooking shows. If you prefer your fish a little less done, cook the fish for 30 to 60 seconds less per side.
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