Tuna dries out quite quickly and turns crumbly, so it should be cooked very briefly over a high heat in a frying pan, on a griddle or over a barbecue; or cooked under oil (confit), sous vide or simmered in a sauce.



Does tuna steak need to be cooked through?

If you are cooking fresh tuna at home, it should ideally be cooked medium-rare, seared very quickly over high heat, preferably on a grill. If you cannot handle medium-rare tuna, at least do not overcook it. Cook until the flesh changes color and is no longer translucent.

Are tuna steaks supposed to be pink in the middle?

Whether you’re baking tuna steak, skillet-cooking tuna steak, or grilling it, don’t be turned off by a “medium rare” look. Because tuna steaks get dry and chewy when overcooked, the center should still be pink when it is done cooking.

How pink should tuna steak be?

Ideally, you want the tuna steak to be about 2cm/¾ in thick so they are slightly pink in the middle when cooked. If they are a different width, adjust your cooking time accordingly.

Is tuna steak OK raw?

Can you eat tuna steak raw? Yes, raw tuna is generally safe to eat when prepared properly, and is actually highly nutritious. Often, the best pieces of tuna are saved for this kind of consumption, so don’t dismiss raw tuna steak as unappetizing. Sushi bars and fancy restaurants often serve it – for good reason.

What is the best way to cook tuna steak?

Choose thicker steaks as these will cook far better (see below). Tuna dries out quite quickly and turns crumbly, so it should be cooked very briefly over a high heat in a frying pan, on a griddle or over a barbecue; or cooked under oil (confit), sous vide or simmered in a sauce.

How do you cook tuna so it doesn’t Crackle?

If you want to make a crisscross pattern on the surface, rotate the tuna by 90 degrees halfway through. Turn over carefully and cook in the same way for 1 min. Look at the side of the tuna to see how far through it is cooked, but remember it will keep cooking for a short while when taken off the heat.

Should you marinate tuna steak before cooking?

Because tuna has a fairly robust flavour, you can easily add herbs, spices and flavours to it without worrying about overwhelming the taste. Marinating tuna steaks will add flavour to the surface, but won’t make it any juicier – keeping a close eye on your steak while cooking is the only way to make sure it won’t dry out.

What should I look for when buying tuna steaks?

Look for firm, dense red or dark red flesh when buying tuna loin or steaks, and make sure it is from a sustainable source – check the Marine Stewardship Council website for the latest advice. Choose thicker steaks as these will cook far better (see below).