Seared Black Pepper-Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks

Seared Ahi Tuna
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Ratings (35)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
350 Calories
15g Fat
6g Carbs
46g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you like steak, you will love this black pepper-crusted Ahi tuna steak recipe. This cut of tuna is best enjoyed medium-rare, like any great steak recipe, and the spicy pepper crust is perfect with this meaty fish.



  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 (6-oz) ahi tuna steaks, about 1 1/2-inches thick (ask for "sear" or "sushi" grade if cooking medium rare)
  • 4 tbsp fresh coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Steps to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt, coriander, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

  2. Lay the tuna steaks out on a plate, and sprinkle the spice mixture evenly on both sides.

  3. Then coat the tuna on both sides with the black pepper, and gently press it in so that it adheres to the surface, being careful not to smash the flesh.

  4. Place a thick-bottomed frying pan, or cast iron skillet, over medium-high heat, until very hot.

  5. Add the oil, and sear the tuna steaks for about 2 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is reached.

  6. Serve with fresh lemon.