Seared Black Pepper-Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks

A plate of seared ahi tuna
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
180 Calories
8g Fat
27g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 889mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 107mg 536%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 541mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 (6-ounce) ahi tuna steaks, about 1 1/2 inches thick, ask for "sear" or "sushi" grade if cooking medium rare

  • 4 tablespoons fresh coarsely ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon 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.

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