This savoury pan fried tuna steak recipe is the perfect starter recipe for you if you’ve ever wanted to try tuna in a different way. Super easy to make, and only 6 total ingredients, give it a go!
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When it comes to trying new types of fish, Tamryn and I are two very different people.
Let me tell you why…
Me, unless it has a super funky smell… i’ll try it.
Tamryn on the other hand… it takes a good deal of convincing before she’ll even consider trying it.
That’s what happened the day I brought home these tuna steaks.
Seriously, this was her face…
If you’ve ever seen tuna steaks in the grocery store or at your fishmonger, you know they don’t look like your typical piece of salmon or tilapia, or cod that we’re all pretty used to seeing.
I wish I had taken a photo of them before I cooked. They’re a pink-ish red colour when raw and look a bit like pork chops without the bones.
Actually, open another tab in your browser and do a quick Google image search for “raw tuna steak” and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
If you’re a picky eater like Tamryn is, you’ll know how hard of a time I had convincing her to try it. Mind you, she loves tuna from a can just as much as the next person, but this was a new thing altogether.
So now imagine my surprise when she took a bite of these tuna steaks and proclaimed “this is my new favourite meal!”
Yabadabadoo! Successfully added a new fish to add to the menu rotation, and given that tuna steaks are incredibly versatile in terms of flavour and texture, this is a huge bonus!
Before you rush out the door to grab a cooler full of tuna steaks, let me remind you to be very mindful of the mercury (even in wild caught tuna steaks) AND where your tuna is coming from. To stay on the safe side, keep this dish to 1 or 2 times per month.
I think one of the best parts of cooking tuna steaks for me is that it’s one of those dishes that takes very little effort yet can easily impress when you have company over.
I mean, it looks like a restaurant style dish that took years to master, yet the total cook time is three minutes!
Flavour wise there are tons of ways you can go, and because I had just restocked on a few of my favourite dried herbs, I decided that’s the way I’m going this time. Turned out it was a good choice.
But don’t you worry, i’ll be back with tons more flavour combos for this delectable fish in the future.
On the side I decided to go super simple and sauteed some collards in olive oil and drizzled some lemon over them.
Go on, get your searin’ on!
- 2 tuna steaks
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Squeeze of lemon
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
Heat pan to med/high.
Massage both sides of your tuna steaks in the rub and a drizzle of olive oil.
Sear steaks for 1.5mins per side.
When you take them off the heat, drizzle some more olive oil (to keep moist) and lemon juice.
Voilà! Bon apetit! Now it's your turn!
When you cut into your tuna steak, don't be alarmed if you see it looks "raw" on the inside. This is perfectly normal!