How to Cook Seared Tuna Steak

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How to Cook Seared Tuna Steak
Seared tuna is a healthy delicacy. (Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Few dishes are tastier, or healthier, than a well-seared tuna steak. Searing is a meat cooking technique that seals in the flavour of the cut you are preparing. Ahi tuna has a flavourful and desirable texture that works well for steaks. However, you can use the searing technique for any meat, poultry or fish.

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Things you need

  • 2 ahi tuna steaks, 142 to 198gr.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Pepper grinder
  • Heavy-bottomed metal cooking pan
  • Heat-proof metal spatula
  • Plates
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Pat tuna steaks dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle top of steaks with kosher salt.

  2. 2

    Place the heavy metal cooking pan on hob. Heat pan on medium-high heat for three to five minutes.

  3. 3

    Place 2 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tbsp butter into pan. As it heats, crush 1 tsp whole peppercorns with mortar and pestle or pepper grinder.

  4. 4

    Sauté peppercorns in oil and butter for four to five minute until they crackle. Raise heat to high until a drop of water sizzles in the pan. Place seasoned ahi tuna steaks, salted side down, on top of peppercorns. Sprinkle the top of steaks with kosher salt.

  5. 5

    Let steaks cook for two minutes, then flip steaks over and cook an additional 1 1/2 to two minutes. Remove steaks from pan and let rest two minutes.

  6. 6

    Slice steaks against the grain, fan slices out, and serve plated over rice or couscous.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are cooking thick steaks, lower heat to medium-high. Do not overcook. Middle of the tuna should be bright pink to red.
  • Use drippings in pan to create a cream sauce. Add whipping cream, or half-and-half to pan and stir the bits off of the bottom of the pan. Cook for five minutes on medium-low. Pour sauce over rice. Place fish on top of sauce.
  • Buy fresh tuna and cook it the same day. If unable to cook the same day, cook no later than one day after purchase.
  • Do not touch the fish until one side is done and the fillet is ready to flip over. Only flip the fish once.

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