Savory Pan-Seared Tuna Steaks

Background and History:

Pan-seared tuna steaks are a delectable dish that has its roots in various culinary traditions, from Mediterranean to Asian cuisines. Tuna is a popular fish choice for its meaty texture and rich flavor. This preparation involves searing tuna steaks to perfection, resulting in a mouthwatering dish with a savory crust and a tender, rare center. The searing technique is believed to have originated from the Mediterranean region, where fresh seafood is a culinary staple.


  • 2 tuna steaks, 6-8 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5-7 minutes


  • Season the tuna steaks with salt and black pepper.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add minced garlic and sauté for a minute until fragrant.
  • Gently place the seasoned tuna steaks in the hot skillet.
  • Sear the tuna for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or longer if desired.
  • Drizzle fresh lemon juice over the seared tuna during the last minute of cooking.
  • Sprinkle fresh thyme leaves over the tuna steaks.
  • Remove from the heat and let the tuna rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)

  • Calories: 300
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 44g


  • Ensure the tuna steaks are patted dry before seasoning and searing to achieve a nice crust.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of any fish or garlic allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.
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