Easy tuna steak recipe: how to cook this fish to perfection

Cooked correctly, tuna steak melts in your mouth. Here's how to get it right every time

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Once you have one failsafe tuna steak recipe in your dinner repertoire, you'll begin to understand exactly why there's so much hype around this cut of fish. Not only does tuna steak melt in your mouth, it's also packed full of flavour and absolutely delicious served with everything from salad to potatoes, fries and salsa.

Get it wrong and you'll be left with a slightly disappointing – and likely very chewy – piece of tuna. Today we talk you through how to cook tuna steak like a pro so that it can be enjoyed to its full potential.

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How to cook tuna steak

To cook tuna steak to perfection, you'll only need a few basic ingredients which will help your tuna steak sing. The key, therefore, is choose the best quality tuna you can afford – look out for a dark red, evenly coloured meat.

Besides that, you will need:

  • Tuna steak
  • Olive oil
  • A pinch of salt


1. Lay out your tuna steaks, drizzling with olive oil and seasoning with plenty of salt.

2. For the best results, we'd recommend cooking your tuna steaks on a griddle pan – you'll find our favourites below.

3. Before you begin cooking, you'll want to ensure that the pan is nice and hot. Once you're happy that it is, add your tuna and sear it (you should hear it sizzling if  the pan is warm enough) until it's brown on the outside. This should take around 45 to 60 seconds.

Remember, you don't need to worry about cooking your steak thoroughly all the way through. In fact, you'll probably enjoy your tuna steak a lot more if it's slightly rare.

Serve with anything from salad or cooked vegetables to potatoes, fries, couscous or whatever else you fancy

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