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Easy Grilled Tuna

Easy Grilled Tuna

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This recipe is super easy and absolutely delicious. I topped the tuna with some of the puttanese I made and it was a perfect dinner!

Cindy’s little secret: I took the tuna and added the olive oil, salt and pepper (and some minced garlic) and slipped it into a sealed container and in the refrigerator for 3 hours then took out and let come to room temperature while the grill was heating.

Of course the fish came from City Fish, Wethersfield, CT which is the best seafood in Connecticut!


Note: To use on your outdoor grill or indoor grill. Set your grill to hot and sear each side for 2 1/2 minutes on each side. Let rest for 5 minutes then enjoy.


  • 4 1-inch thick fresh tuna steaks (almost 4 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 or more teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil

There&rsquos nothing wrong with marinating of course. The marinade I developed for this Paleo Italian-Marinated Steak and Mushrooms at Wilderness Family Naturals was absolutely delicious!

One problem, though &ndash you need to plan ahead! You simply must give meats time to soak in the marinade.

Maybe this never happens to you, but I&rsquom such a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl this is how supper often goes:

  • Early morning: wonder what we should have for supper?
  • Late afternoon: wonder what we should have for supper?
  • Half hour before supper should be done: wonder what we should have for supper?
  • DING! Ooooh, spicy grilled tuna sounds good&hellip.[scrambling to pull it off in time]

For those days when you just don&rsquot have time for marinating, a dry rub is perfect. It imparts flavor in no time. Dry rubs also last as long as the spices last and don&rsquot need refrigeration. This makes a dry rub the perfect thing to take camping, too.

Easy Grilled Tuna Melt

This easy Grilled Tuna Melt makes a great lunch or quick dinner!

When I was a little girl our family had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner at least once a month. Mom usually served them with creamy tomato soup and potato chips on the side. Mmmm good!

Simple sandwiches are a great way to pull together a quick meal –or cheap meal — depending on your needs. Not every adult palate enjoys a simple tuna or grilled cheese sandwich, though. Combining the two as a grilled tuna & cheese sandwich with tomato may do the trick. Save the simpler version for the kids!

First, a couple of tips to make it perfect every time.

Tip #1 – pre-heat your pan on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes

Tip #2 – cover the pan with a lid or cookie sheet to keep the heat in. (Use a pot holder to remove it.)

Tip #3 – brown the first side for about 1 minute and turn right away, to avoid burning. If it needs more cooking you can flip it back again several times. Just don’t leave any one side on too long.

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The sugar in the marinade for these meaty kebabs caramelizes over the hot grill, giving the quickly cooked tuna some tantalizingly crisp edges.

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Tips for Success

Making this sandwich is so fun, and the results are absolutely drool-worthy. Still, it’s a big sandwich with a lot going on, so keep reading for my best tips for this recipe!

  • Choose the Right Tomato: We’re slicing and salting these tomatoes in order to bring out their flavors, but that will also bring out some extra juice. For that reason, I suggest using tomatoes that have more flesh and potentially less of the seedy liquid pulp, like Roma or plum tomatoes. You may need more than one, if they’re on the small side.
  • Choose the Right Bread: Almost any bread can work for a grilled tuna melt, theoretically. But, this one has quite a few toppings, so a sturdy bread with a lot of body is best. Thicker slices of sourdough, rye or whole wheat are your best bet. Sprouted breads are also delicious, healthy and sturdy.

Health Benefits of Tuna and Celery Seed

Canned tuna contains high-quality protein, selenium and potassium, not to mention the Omega-3 fatty acids and B complex vitamins! Make sure that you buy tuna which is line caught, to help protect the dolphin populations!

Also canned tuna has been shown to contain mercury, which is a heavy metal. Make sure you buy light tuna, rather than white tuna, as that has been shown to contain lower amounts of mercury.

Celery Seed, as well, has been shown to have multiple health benefits! Celery seed has been shown to help reduce blood pressure, improve cognitive function and improve joint function.

Quick and Easy Tuna Steak Recipe for Ahi Tuna :

This Simple Grilled Ahi Tuna Steak Recipe is both healthy and delicious. The tuna took only 10 minutes from start to finish! Easy enough for a weeknight family dinner, but special enough to serve to company. That's my kind of cooking!


  • :
  • 2 ahi tuna steaks (this served two adults and 1 child, with leftovers)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Brush one side of the tuna steaks with the olive oil. Season with the sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Heat a grill pan on the stove until very hot, but not smoking. Place tuna steaks face down on the side brushed with the olive oil. Brush the other side with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 1/2 minutes and flip. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove to a plate and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
  2. I served the tuna steaks with lemon wedges, grilled asparagus and
  3. polenta
  4. Now, that's a pretty plate!
  5. AND. I'm happy to say it was definitely kid approved! What more can we ask for?
  6. What's your favorite fish to cook at home that you would like to see more recipes for?

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Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set all the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate.

Dry tuna steaks well with paper towels and lightly brush them all over with oil.

Just before cooking, season tuna steaks all over with salt and, if desired, pepper. Then set over hot side of grill. Cook tuna until first side is well-seared and the fish releases from the grill grate, 1 to 2 minutes. If the fish sticks, try to gently lift it from below using a thin metal spatula or the tines of a carving fork inserted down between the grill grates. Turn fish and repeat on second side.

For an ideal doneness of rare, cook the fish long enough to sear each side, and no longer. You should be able to watch the heat penetrate the fish from each side because tuna changes color so dramatically, from a deep purple when raw to a beige when cooked. Use the side of the fish to gauge doneness: if you want it very rare in the center, the sides of the steaks should still look purple, with the color of the cooked fish just starting to creep in from above and below. If you want it a little more done, let the cooked color creep up a bit more from both sides. We don't recommend cooking tuna steaks beyond medium-rare.

  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

If you want to pan sear the tuna steaks instead of cook them on the grill, you can follow the exact same instructions but cook the tuna in a heavy pan or a cast iron skillet. Make sure to add some high heat oil, like vegetable oil, to the pan first. Once it is nice and hot, add the tuna and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Let the tuna rest 5 minutes before serving.


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