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If you ever wondered how to cook a tuna steak, look no further! If you've been terrified to eat tuna, ever, now is the time to try it. If you've smelled the canned tuna and gagged, don't worry… this is nothing like that stuff! I don't even really like seafood, and I am in love with this easy tuna steak recipe.


Easy Tuna Steak Recipe

Even if you've never cooked steak successfully before, you'll nail this easy tuna steak recipe – I promise! The key is to cook it for just a few minutes.

You'll need:

tuna steaks
olive oil
sea salt
pepper or other seasonings


Easy Tuna Steak Recipe

Drizzle olive oil over each steak, on both sides. We used chili olive oil from the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona. Add sea salt and red pepper flakes or your seasoning of choice.

Heat up the cast iron skillet (or one that is NOT Teflon), being sure to add enough olive oil to fully coat the pan. The last thing you want is for this expensive ass steak to stick to the pan!

how to cook tuna steak

Once the pan is hot (but not smoking), add the tuna steak. I cooked mine one at a time, just so I could focus on them and make sure I didn't screw them up. If you cook them for about 2 minutes on each side, the tuna will be pink in the middle and ready to eat.

Easy Tuna Steak Recipe

I don't eat pink meat, so I cooked mine for about 5 minutes on each side. However, you have to be really careful if you're cooking them that long. It's very tender and it will fall apart if you don't keep an eye on it.

This is the best tasting seafood I've ever had. I don't usually eat much fish, but this tuna tastes like a very light steak… and it totally melts in your mouth!

Easy Tuna Steak

This light and flaky tuna steak is a treat, even if you don't like fish!

  • Tuna Steaks
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper or other seasonings of choice
  1. Drizzle olive oil over each steak, on both sides.
  2. Add sea salt and red pepper flakes or your seasoning of choice.
  3. Heat up the cast iron skillet (or other NON-Teflon Pan) and coat with olive oil.
  4. Once the pan is hot (not smoking), add the tuna steak.
  5. Cook for approximately 2 minutes on each side, until the meat is cooked, but pink in the middle.
  6. (NOTE: Cook longer for well-done. Tuna gets flakier as it cooks, and may fall apart. Take care.)
  7. Serve with favorite side dish. Enjoy!

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  1. WOW I eat and love most seafood, ut have not tried tuna yet…I will be now. It reminds me of salmon. If you liked this then I bet you would love teryaki salmon. Thanks for this

  2. I really love a nice tuna steak! It is SO much different than the tuna in a can. I think that is why some are scared to try it because of their distaste for canned tuna. It’s very tasty with a bit of grated ginger and lemon on it before putting it in the pan.

  3. Tuna fish is my favorite fish ever too! It’s super easy to cook, as you have shown. I also like tuna sushi, yum!

  4. Yum! I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for making it look so easy.

    1. Gotta find that sweet spot! :) I like mine well done.

        1. Yes! Just don’t cook it on too high of a temp or it’ll burn on the outside and be cold on the inside.

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