How to cook tuna steaks in the microwave

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How to cook tuna steaks in the microwave
Cooking fish in the microwave requires a watchful eye. (Getty Thinkstock)

Cooking fish in the microwave requires a watchful eye, but done correctly, even tuna steaks can be prepared to an ideal, meaty texture. Due to their thickness, tuna steaks require a longer microwave cooking time than thinner cuts of fish, so you cannot simply replace tuna steaks in a recipe that calls for a thinner, white-fleshed fish. However, swordfish steaks do substitute well for tuna steaks in microwave recipe. Use your favourite marinade for cooking and flavouring the tuna steaks if desired.

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Things you need

  • 500 gr. (1 pound) tuna steaks (2.5 cm (1-inch) thick)
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) sauce or marinade
  • 1 litre (4 cups) fresh, chopped vegetables (optional)
  • Microwave safe baking dish
  • Plastic wrap or baking dish cover

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  1. 1

    Place the tuna steaks int the bottom of the baking dish.

  2. 2

    Cover the tuna steak with the marinade of your choice along with the vegetables.

  3. 3

    Place the plastic wrap or lid over the baking dish.

  4. 4

    Microwave the fish on high power for eight minutes every 500 gr. (1 pound) of tuna steaks if using a 650 to 800 watt microwave, or cook on high for 12 minutes, covered, for lower wattage microwaves.

  5. 5

    Carefully remove the plastic wrap or lid to avoid escaping steam and serve the tuna steaks with the vegetables.

Tips and warnings

  • Add equal parts of soy or teriyaki sauce and pineapple juice for a Pacific flair.
  • Try bottled Italian or Asian salad dressing as a marinade.

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