How to Cook Tuna Steak in Oven, Pan, & More!

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How to Cook Tuna 5 Ways

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  • Tuna steaks
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings
  • Lemon or lime wedges

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    Baked, broiled, grilled, pan seared, or poached; we've got you covered.

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    1. Bake: When you want to crust a tuna with nuts or crumbs such as pistachios, pecans, or bread crumbs, baking at 450 degrees is the way to go. The indirect heat won’t burn your coating. Place the tuna on a well-greased baking sheet and cook for about 15 minutes or to desired doneness.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      The trick to a perfectly cooked tuna steak is to leave the center pink, much like a beef steak. After a few minutes, test the tuna with a meat thermometer and look inside as you flake. Stop cooking when it reaches your preferred level of pink.
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    2. Broil: To broil tuna, brush with oil and season as desired, then place on a baking sheet about 8-inches from the heating elements in your oven. Cook for a few minutes per side, removing the pan to turn the tuna.

    3. Grill: Live coals add a delicious charbroiled sear and smoky scent to tuna. Using olive oil, herbs and spices, lightly coat and season the fish. Then grill on well-greased grates directly over the coals for several minutes per side with the lid on. Place the fillets in a grilling basket to make turning a snap.

    4. Pan Sear: Season the steaks on both sides with your preferred spices—salt, pepper, and cayenne are a good start. Then, place in a hot skillet with olive oil. Sear quickly to create a brown crust on both sides. Remove from the heat and drizzle with additional olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

    5. Poach: We love poaching liquid. It can enhance your already delicious tuna and make an unforgetable meal. Simply add your liquid: water, wine, and/or citrus juice and any other spices such as lemon pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes, etc. Bring the liquid and spices to a boil, add tuna, and poach for 3 to 7 minutes.

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