Fresh tuna steaks are versatile and easy to cook. Follow these tips and directions for grilling, skillet-cooking, and baking fresh and delicious tuna. We’ll teach you the tricks to pan-seared tuna steak, tuna steak seasoning
Tuna’s firm texture and mild to moderate flavor are just a few of the reasons why it’s so popular, especially for canning. Chefs love getting creative with fresh tuna, but it’s also easy to fix at home. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about this delicious fish, including how to cook fresh tuna, how to buy and store tuna, how to grill tuna
- How to Season Fresh Tuna
Before preparing tuna steaks, rinse with cool water and pat dry with paper towels. Measure the thickness of the fish with a ruler.
Fresh tuna loves a good marinade, which flavors this fairly mild fish and helps keep it moist during cooking. A short marinating time is all it needs, from 15 minutes up to 4 hours in the refrigerator. Tuna pairs especially well with Asian flavors
Instead of marinating, you can also brush the fish with olive oil or melted butter, and season as desired. Try brushing tuna with a blend of olive oil and lemon juice, then sprinkle it with snipped fresh herb (such as rosemary or tarragon), salt, and ground black pepper
When you’re learning how to cook fresh tuna, don’t try to cook your tuna steaks until there’s no pink left in the middle–to keep them moist and delicious, remove them from the heat while the center is still pink
- Cooking Fresh Tuna
Tuna needs a watchful eye during cooking so it remains tender and moist. Because it gets dry and chewy when overcooked, the center should still be pink when it is done cooking. Some people like their tuna even rare in the center
- How to Grill Tuna Steaks
Grease the unheated grill rack or spray it with nonstick cooking spray. If not marinated, brush the tuna steaks with melted butter or olive oil, and season as desired.
For a charcoal grill, place the tuna steaks on the grill rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork but is still pink in the center, turning once halfway through cooking.
For a gas grill, preheat the grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place tuna on the grill rack overheat. Cover the grill. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork but is still pink in the center, turning once halfway through cooking.
If desired, brush tuna with additional melted butter or olive oil after turning
- How to Cook Tuna Steaks in a Skillet
Searing tuna steaks in a hot skillet caramelizes the surfaces of the fish and locks in the moisture. Start with 3/4-inch-thick steaks.
Choose a heavy skillet that best fits the number of tuna steaks you are cooking. Add 1 to 3 teaspoons cooking oil or olive oil to lightly coat the skillet. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
Add the tuna steaks. The steaks should sizzle when added. Cook, uncovered, for 6 to 9 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork but is still pink in the center, turning once during cooking. Adjust the heat as needed if the skillet gets too hot