Pan-Seared Tuna with Lime Pepper Crust

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 294.8
  • Total Fat: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 98.6 mg
  • Sodium: 665.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 51.7 g

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Number of Servings: 1


    4 tuna steaks (3/4 to 1-inch thick, about 6 ounces each)
    Zest and juice of one (1) lime
    2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
    1/2 to 1 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 to 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    Extra-virgin olive oil


NOTE: You can substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest and 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice in place of the lime.

Rinse the tuna steaks and pat dry with paper towels. Grate the zest from the lime (you should have about 1 1/2 teaspoons), then squeeze the juice and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine lime zest, thyme, pepper and salt; stir to mix. Lightly rub both sides of the tuna steaks with olive oil. Rub the seasoning mix on the tuna steaks; coating them well.

Using a heavy bottomed sauté pan or a cast-iron pan, warm the olive oil. Increase the heat to high and place the tuna in the pan. Sear for 1 minute, then turn over carefully, reducing the heat to medium. Sear the other side for 1 more minute until medium rare. (Do not overcook the tuna or the meat will become dry and lose its flavor.) Pour the lime juice over the tuna steaks right after you take them from the stove, then serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Number of Servings: 1

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user AMYDIAZ.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very simple and wonderful! I made a lime-thyme mayo to serve with it in place of tartar and it was super tasty! - 9/24/07

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    Planning on making tuna this weekend. Any times for a tasty, healthy side? - 11/10/15

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    really yummy and healthy! we used lemon. lime will be fun next time. - 1/20/12

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    Loved it, had the leftovers in a salad next day. - 10/11/11

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    Excellent recipe! I just made 1 steak for myself and it was yummy! I have seared tuna before, but I never knew what to put on the outside. This is a new favorite! Thank you! - 6/13/10