Grilled Tuna Skewers

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Fresh herbs and lime juice brighten these skewers of silken tuna.


  • 1 ½ pounds sushi-grade yellowfin tuna. cut into 1 ½-inch cubes

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat a grill pan over medium heat or preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium. (If you're using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 5 to 6 seconds.) Toss tuna with 1 tablespoon oil. Thread tuna onto 4 skewers.

  2. Combine cilantro, lime juice, and 1/4 cup oil. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve 3 tablespoons.

  3. Brush pan or grill grate with remaining tablespoon oil. Grill tuna, turning skewers and brushing tuna occasionally with lime sauce, to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for rare. Transfer skewers to a serving plate, and brush with reserved lime sauce. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

If you're using wooden or bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water for at least 30 minutes before using.

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