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Marinated Tuna Steak

Marinated Tuna Steak

Tuna looked good at the fish counter the other night, and I hadn’t made this for awhile, so I picked up two.  The recipe calls for fresh parsley, and fresh oregano, but I had none and dried worked fine.  I was also putting together the marinade on my lunch hour and didn’t have a lot of time, so I used Gourmet Gardens garlic paste instead of one minced clove.

The marinade is really simple with orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, and oregano.

The steaks went into the marinade, turned to coat, and into the fridge for the rest of the afternoon.  I did turn the steaks at one point in the afternoon.

Normally I would grill these, but it is too cold outside now, so I used a  cast iron pan.  Seasoned with salt and pepper, I started it at high heat per the recipe, but it was too high on the stove top so I actually turned it down to slightly above medium (those cast iron pans stay hot!).

I did about 5 minutes per side (the recipe says 6) but these were a little thin so I wish I had done more like 3-4 per side.  I like my tuna a bit more rare.  It was still incredibly delicious.  And I really only needed 1/2 orange for the marinade so I sliced up the rest and had it on the side.

I have a note that this came from Allrecipes, but I can’t find the link (I’ll keep trying).

Marinated Tuna Steaks


1/4 C orange juice

1/4 C soy sauce

2 T olive oil

1 T lemon juice

2 T chopped fresh parsley (I used 1 tsp dried here because that is what I had)

1 clove garlic, mince (I used 1 tsp garlic paste)

1/2 tsp chopped fresh oregano (again, I used dried)

1/2 tsp black pepper—I just did a few grinds

Mix together the marinade, place the tuna in the marinade and turn to coat, then place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Grilled Tuna Steaks

The recipe says 4 4oz steaks, I just used 2 larger tuna steaks.

Preheat grill to high heat and lightly oil grate.

On the stove top, preheat cast iron pan on high heat and add a small amount of olive oil just to coat the bottom of the pan.  When the oil shimmers, add the steaks.

Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper and place on the grill or in the pan.  If the pan, turn the heat down now to slightly above medium.

Depending on how you like your tuna, and the thickness of the tuna steak, cook 5-6 minutes or 3-4 minutes on the first side, turn and baste and then cook an additional 5 or 3 minutes to desired doneness. With tuna steak you can just watch the side of the steak to see how done it is getting.

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