How to Cook Tuna Steaks

2 yellow fin tuna steaks
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste
1/3 lemon (juice only)
1 tablespoon olive oil


The most common way to cook a tuna steak is to cook it rare. I prefer it a bit more cooked, so these instructions will help you get a very medium rare tuna steak. Don’t worry, it is not overcooked at all 🙂 Would I steer you wrong?

The first thing you’ll want to do is season all sides of your tuna steaks. Salt and pepper to taste here, and about a teaspoon of fennel seeds per tuna steak.

Heat up a frying pan on high heat with your olive oil. Once the pan is very hot, place in your tuna steaks. You should hear a loud sizzle here! Do not touch the tuna before you flip it. You want to keep all of the juiciness inside of the tuna, and allowing it to sear, undisturbed, will help this to happen a lot easier.

Sear both sides of the tuna for 2 minutes each. Set your timer, because you do not want to go one second past that 2 minute mark!

Once seared on both sides, remove your tuna from the pan and place on a plate. Once on the plate, squeeze your lemon juice on top of both steaks and let rest for at least 5 minutes. This adds flavor and also keeps the steaks moist as they rest.

You are now ready to serve! These tuna steaks should be flavorful AND tender. Enjoy!

Published by kalishcooking

I love to cook!

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