12 Fresh Tuna Recipes That Are Ready in a Flash
High-quality fresh tuna requires almost no effort in the kitchen—just a quick sear in a hot pan or brief turn on the grill. Here are our favorite recipes showcasing the tasty fish.
Fresh tuna may feel like a fish that's best enjoyed when ordered at a delicious sushi spot or a high-end seafood restaurant, but there's no reason why you can't cook it at home. Here, you'll find simple preparations of grilled and seared tuna that can be turned into rice bowls, skewers, or served alongside a crisp salad.
When shopping for fresh tuna, be sure to choose a responsibly-caught option (you can always ask the fishmonger at your local market or grocery store for more complete sourcing information). Ahi tuna—also known as yellowfin tuna—is the premier fresh tuna choice and you'll find it available in loins and steaks. Our recipes will always specify exactly which cut you need.
When working with good-quality fresh tuna, the key is to prepare it so that it's just cooked on the outside but still rare and fully pink-red on the inside. Fresh tuna has a very firm, meaty texture that's similar to mahi mahi or swordfish and offers a relatively mild flavor. Fresh tuna can be expensive, so you'll best be able to appreciate the flavor when it is served rare.
Ahead, you'll find recipes where fresh tuna is served seared and dressed simply with sesame seeds, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Enjoy it on its own with a crisp white wine for a light, delicious meal you'll crave all summer long. Of course, we also have plenty of low-key weeknight specials that include tuna rice bowls, tuna steaks served with salads and grilled vegetables, fish skewers, and more. All of these recipes come together in under one hour and they're guaranteed to be the start of the show whenever you prepare them.
Sesame-Crusted Tuna Tataki
Seared-Tuna Taco Bowl
Bluefin Tuna with Olive, Cucumber, and Cilantro Relish
Brown Rice with Tuna, Avocado, and Toasted Nori
Grilled Tuna with Mediterranean Chopped Salad
Tuna Steaks with Lemony Tomatoes and Onion
Sear tuna steaks just until browned on the outside but still deep-red in the center, then serve with a salad of sweet cherry tomatoes and red onion seasoned with lemon juice for an easy, colorful accompaniment.
Seared Tuna with Tomatoes and Basil
Tuna Steaks with Mint Sauce
You'll want to try this genius trick for cooking tuna: Sprinkling salt in the skillet before cooking the prevents the fish from sticking without using oil. Here, we're serving the tuna steaks with a herby sauce of mint, garlic, lemon, and olive oil, similar to gremolata but with mint in place of the usual parsley.
Seared Tuna Steaks with Sesame Oil
Grilled Tuna Skewers
Cubes of yellowfin tuna absorb the bright flavors of lime juice and cilantro in a quick marinade before hitting the grill. This healthy dinner takes just 20 minutes to prepare.