Pan Seared Tuna Steaks

Pan Seared Tuna Steaks

Please excuse the double posting of this recipe.

For some reason, I posted this recipe today, but, rather than posting with today’s date, it backdated it.

In the past, when this occurred, it caused an error message.

So, I am posting it again, in an attempt to help fix the error.

Just in case, this is the link to the post that accidentally was backdated:

During the 9 Days, I learned how to cook fresh tuna steaks successfully for the first time.

In the past, I have only rarely tried to make fresh tuna. And, the few times when I did, it came out very dry and without flavor.

This time, I searched online for how to cook fresh tuna.

I think that it really helped me to understand how to cook fresh tuna better.

In addition, I used the stovetop grill on our new stove. Everything tastes better grilled on cast iron.

This recipe is based on the sites that I found, and the links are posted below.

According to what I read online, the key to grilling fresh tuna is to only cook it for 4-6 minutes per 1/2 inch stake.

Since I was concerned about over cooking it, I only cooked it for 4 minutes per side.

I have discovered that cooking tuna is a little like cooking a medium steak: you want to have a layer of pink inside.


1 tablespoon fennel

1 tablespoon coriander

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Lemon juice

Spray oil


Blend spices together. I do not have a mortar and pestle so I used a wooden rolling pin and crushed the spices.

Heat grill on high. Spray oil the grill. When hot, place fish on grill, 4 minutes per side.

When done, add lemon juice and fresh herbs.

I set the timer for 4 minutes and I really think that’s what made the difference. Rather than guessing, it made it more precise and hopefully more predictable outcome.


Seasoning the tuna before cooking



Cooking the first side on the griddle

Cooking the first side on the griddle

Successfully flipped over and cooking the second side.

Successfully flipped over and cooking the second side.

Voila! The final product.

Voila! The final product.


My husband said, “This is fantastic! You totally nailed it!”

He also said, “This is the most perfect way to grill tuna.”

A ringing endorsement. This recipe is definitely husband approved.



This was where I learned how to cook fresh tuna and where I got the recipe from:



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27 thoughts on “Pan Seared Tuna Steaks

  1. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy September 1, 2016 at 12:41 PM Reply

    I am an odd one – I like my tuna either raw or canned. Every time I eat seared tuna, it upsets my tummy!

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  2. Lynz Real Cooking August 31, 2016 at 11:29 PM Reply


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  3. 9recipes August 31, 2016 at 11:27 AM Reply

    Thanks for your sharing !

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  4. Sheryl August 30, 2016 at 10:21 PM Reply

    The “husband approved seal” is so much fun – and a wonderful indicator of how tasty the tuna steaks are. I’m also a big fan cast iron cookware. My nested vintage cast iron frying pans are my go-to frying pans.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged August 31, 2016 at 6:57 AM Reply

      After the zucchini tofu incident, I thought I would start with a husband approved category. Now I am thinking of adding a eating system for everyone.😉 It is occasionally a challenge to meet everyone’s individual preferences and I do not want to have to make multiple dishes, if I can help it. Your cast iron pans sound wonderful! As they are older, do they cook differently once they are well seasoned?


  5. Marisa's Italian Kitchen August 30, 2016 at 6:37 PM Reply

    I love tuna steaks and the “husband approved seal” is pretty cool!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Madeline Scribes August 30, 2016 at 7:24 AM Reply

    We get fresh tuna all the time here and I run out of different ways to cook it. I’ll bookmark this recipe for sure and try it later. I love your pictures! They make it look really appetizing.

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  7. leadership2mommyship August 30, 2016 at 1:25 AM Reply

    This looks delicious! And I posted something twice too trying to figure out the WordPress feature, oh well. Anyways I’ve been cooking salmon lately. This recipe would be a nice change…thank you for posting.

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  8. anotherfoodieblogger August 29, 2016 at 9:08 PM Reply

    Wow great job on “husband-approved!” I do remember seeing an error earlier in my newsfeed, but it had zero information with it so never even knew that was you. 🙂

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  9. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso August 29, 2016 at 7:59 PM Reply

    Definitely the best way to cook fresh tuna. Nice assortment of spices. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Doctor Jonathan August 29, 2016 at 3:17 PM Reply

    Love the husband approved recipe label. 🙂 Tuna is a low calorie, excellent source of protein full of flavorful palatable taste when prepared properly. A great entree to include on a weekly basis. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Kewrites August 29, 2016 at 2:50 PM Reply

    no worries posting twice:-)

    Liked by 1 person

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