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Seared Black Pepper-Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (6 Reviews)


Seared Ahi Tuna
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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.

Makes 4 Seared Black Pepper-Crusted Ahi Tuna Steaks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 (6-oz) Ahi steaks, about 1 1/2" thick (ask for "sear" or "sushi" grade if cooking medium rare)
  • 4 tbsp fresh coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon, quartered


In a small bowl, combine the salt, coriander, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Lay the tuna steaks out on a plate, and sprinkle the spice mixture evenly on both sides. 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.

Place a thick-bottomed frying pan, or cast iron skillet, on med-high heat, until very hot. Add the oil, and sear the tuna steaks for about 2 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is reached. Serve with fresh lemon.
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 2 out of 5
Okay, Member mommac4

I love blackened and peppery foods but for some reason this was just too peppery for my liking. It distracted me from the flavor of the fish. Next time I'd halve the amount of fresh course cracked pepper. The spice was right on for us adults but too spicy for my younger kids (which was to be expected). I don't have any complaints about the amount of salt but it would have been just as good had I reduced the amount called for. I'd make this again only if I reduced the cracked pepper.

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