Grilled Tuna Steaks

Total Time:
16 min
5 min
7 min
4 min

4 servings

  • 4 (1-inch-thick) fresh tuna steaks (about 4 pounds)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

To grill the tuna, get a charcoal or stove-top cast-iron grill very hot. Brush the fish with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill each side for only 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. The center should be raw, like sushi, or the tuna will be tough and dry. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes and serve.

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    Very easy, very good. I should have stopped at 2 min per side instead of 2 1/2 min. With the resting time, it would have been enough. Never knew how to cook tuna before this!
    Very good recipe. This was my first time grilling fresh tuna and it was cooked perfectly.
    Absolutely delicious and perfect... surprise, surprise.
    Simple and delicious, a wonderful way to taste the flavor of the tuna.
    I'd been fighting the desire to fix tuna as it always turns out dry and tasteless. When I found this recipe during my search, I thought it was worth trying given the reviews. It was absolutely as simple and tasty as it appears. And truly, two and a half minutes is the outside you want to cook the tuna - even when it comes out the pan rare, the resting time really allows for more cooking, so err on the side of less time rather than more time - you'll be glad you did!
    Great recipe especially when you get home from work. Don't think becuase of the simplicy it isn't worth a try. It was great.
    This is the only way to cook fresh tuna. It's also good with a tiny drizzle of sesame oil and a light sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Saute a big skillet of fresh baby spinach with a little garlic and you've got a great meal.
    To Chef #971345, YES, YES, YES! This IS a recipe! The simplicity of it may not impress you, however, if you ever take a bite of this tuna steak, it's absolutely awesome! Too bad there are only 5 stars possible. This one would rate a 10!

    I've had Tuna done this way at a couple of top-notch restaurants, and it's awesome! I was really pleased to see Ina do this, so we could all try our hand at it.

    For people who haven't tried sushi or if raw fish bugs you out, this is an awesome recipe to try! In many ways this is better than (beef) steak!

    It makes a big difference not to cook the tuna all the way through! 
    To amp up the flavor levels, rub on cumin or curry powder. 
    Barefoot rules!
    Ina does it again! My husand loves seafood, this was perfect. A few minutes on the grill a 5 minute rest and one happy husband. I will make this again. Thanks
    Jan M.
    It was great, just be careful not to feel you have to cook any longer then it says, I cooked my tuna, (1/2 inch steaks,) 1 minute on each side) with thyme and basil. Perfect
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