Favorite Recipes: Seared Tuna Steak

1 Mar
I posted on my twitter yesterday that we were having this for dinner, and got such a crazy response that I thought I’d post the recipe here for you to enjoy.
Tuna steak was an intimidating ingredient to me when I first tried this recipe, but let me assure you, it is SUPER easy to cook.  This recipe could not be more simple, and it is seriously tasty!  This is how I got Joel eating fish – which he never really ate before (granted, we haven’t gotten much beyond tuna, but you gotta start somewhere, right?).
You can get good tuna steaks at Harris Teeter’s fish counter.  I don’t really know a fishmonger here, but if you have one, I’d go there.  Just make sure your tuna is fresh – it should have good color, be pretty much odorless, and bounce back when you press lightly with your finger.
So, without further ado…
  • 2 big handfuls fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped (I just use the whole bunch, but as we’ve established, I love cilantro)
  • 2 jalepenos, chopped (you can use less if you  like less spice)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Pinch sugar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (6-ounce) block sushi-quality tuna
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, peeled, pitted, and sliced


In a mixing bowl, combine the cilantro, jalapeno, ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir the ingredients together until well incorporated.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and coat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the tuna generously with salt and pepper. Lay the tuna in the hot oil and sear for 1 minute on each side to form a slight crust. Pour 1/2 of the cilantro mixture into the pan to coat the fish. Serve the seared tuna with the sliced avocado and the remaining cilantro sauce drizzled over the whole plate.

I served this with a salad and some rice.  You could make an asian inspired salad, but I was using what I had on hand.


Enjoy!  This is really one of my favorites!

One Response to “Favorite Recipes: Seared Tuna Steak”


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