This easy recipe for grilled blackened tuna steaks will have your family begging for more! The perfect blend of spices creates a delicious crust that seals in the flavor of the tuna, resulting in a juicy, flavorful steak that’s sure to please. And best of all, it only takes a few minutes to prepare. So fire up the grill and enjoy a healthy, delicious meal that the whole family will love!
Grilled Blackened Tuna Steaks Recipe
This Grilled Blackened Tuna Steaks Recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy meal. The tuna steaks are marinated in a blackening seasoning mixture then grilled to perfection. If you are looking for the best blackened tuna recipe this is it! A bold spicy dry rub, with tender tuna steaks makes for a seafood restaurant quality meal made at home that is super easy to make.
We are a big seafood loving household and tuna steaks being one of the kids favorites, this tuna recipe is one that we make often. It is so easy to make and perfect for busy weeknights. Made with simple ingredients, you get bold flavors in an easy to make tuna steaks recipe that the whole family will love.
Serve this tuna steak recipe with your favorite side dishes for a complete meal. Your family will love this tasty and nutritious seafood dish. We have lots of side dish suggestions below for you to make too!
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How do you make blackened seasoning?
Blackened seasoning is a blend of spices that are typically used to coat fish or chicken before cooking. The most common spices in blackening spice seasoning are paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and dried thyme.
For our Blackened seasoning used in this recipe you will have extra seasoning. Store the extra seasoning in a mason jar and use the seasoning mix anytime you are going to be making a blackened tuna steak for dinner.
Blackening Seasoning Ingredients
- 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons Paprika
- 2 tablespoons Smoked Paprika
- 2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
- 2 tablespoons Salt
- 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
- 1 tablespoon Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Cumin
- 1-2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
How long should you grill tuna steaks for?
Tuna steaks should be grilled for about 1-2 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook the tuna, as it can become dry and tough.
How should a tuna steak be cooked?
A tuna steak should be cooked until it is slightly pink center. Overcooking will result in a dry and tough tuna steak, so be carefully not to overcook them.
Can I cook this recipe without a grill?
I personally like grilling my tuna steaks, but you can use a large skillet or a grill pan over medium heat on the stove if you do not have a grill. This recipe can also be made in the oven! Just preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and bake the tuna steaks for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
How Long Does Blackened Tuna Last in the Fridge?
Cooked blackened tuna will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. Store cooked tuna in an airtight container in the fridge.
How Long Does Blackened Tuna Last in the Freezer?
Cooked blackened tuna will last in the freezer for up to 2 months. Store cooked tuna in an airtight container in the freezer.
How do you Reheat Grilled Tuna Steaks?
To reheat, thaw frozen tuna in the fridge overnight then heat in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Or, place frozen tuna on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.
Can Tuna Steaks be eaten cold?
After you have cooked the tuna steaks you can eat them cold instead of reheating them if you want to. I like adding cold tuna steaks on top of a green salad the next day after we have had tuna steaks for dinner.
Tips for the Perfect Blackened Tuna Steaks
- Dry the tuna steaks. Be sure to pat the tuna steaks dry with a paper towel before coating them in the blackening seasoning. This will help the seasoning to stick to the fish and create a delicious crust.
- Oil the grill or butter in the pan. Be sure to oil the grill grates before cooking the tuna steaks to prevent sticking if you are cooking the tuna steaks on a skillet be sure to use butter in the pan.
- Fresh or frozen tuna steaks. I like grabbing fresh tuna steaks from the seafood counter or the local fishery when I am at the beach as I find they work best, but you can use frozen tuna steaks as well, but make sure you defrost them fully before cooking them.
- Don’t overcook. You do not need more then a few minutes of cook time for tuna steaks, you do not want to cook them more then 3-5 minutes total (1-2 minutes per side of the fish) or you will have a dried out tuna steak.
- Extra seasoning blend. When you are making the blackened seasoning for this recipe it does make quite a bit, you will have left overs so do not dip the sides of tuna steaks into the seasoning, sprinkle it on with a spoon and then use your hands to rub it on the fish. Then you can store the remaining seasoning in a mason jar to use later.
What are some good sides to serve with grilled tuna?
Some good sides to serve with grilled tuna include roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables, and a green salad. You can also serve these grilled tuna steaks with rice or quinoa. Pasta or roasted sweet potatoes would also be delicious. For a complete meal, don’t forget to add a side of grilled fruit! Grilled peaches or pineapple would be a perfect addition to this dish.
Check out some of our favorite sides to serve with tuna steaks:
- Mashed potatoes
- Parmesan Asparagus
How to Serve Blackened Tuna?
- Serve as the main dish. You can enjoy the blackened tuna steaks as is and serve it with sides.
- Make tacos. You can also use it to make tuna tacos and top them with some lettuce, tomatoes and tartar sauce for a delicious tuna tacos.
Blackened Tuna Steaks Ingredients
- Fresh Tuna Steaks
- Italian seasoning
- Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
How to Make Grilled Blackened Tuna Steaks
Preheat the grill to medium heat. Making sure the grill grates are clean.
In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the blacking season together.
Take some paper towels and pat the tuna steaks dry on both sides.
Rub the blacking season onto both sides of a raw tuna steak. Do this for each tuna steak you have. Do not dip the steaks into the seasoning, you want to be able to store any extra that you have left over to use later.
Store any extra seasoning in an airtight container.
Heat the grill to 350°F.
Place steaks on the grill for 1-2 minutes per side being careful not to overcook the tuna.
Drizzle the lemon juice or lime juice over the tuna and serve.
Easy Tuna Recipes
Grilled Blackened Tuna Steaks Recipe
- Preheat the grill to medium heat. Making sure the grill grates are clean.
- In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the blacking season together.
- Take some paper towels and pat the tuna steaks dry on both sides.
- Rub the blacking season onto both sides of a raw tuna steak. Do this for each tuna steak you have. Do not dip the steaks into the seasoning, you want to be able to store any extra that you have left over to use later.
- Store any extra seasoning in an airtight container.
- Heat the grill to 350°F.
- Place steaks on the grill for 1-2 minutes per side being careful not to overcook the tuna.
- Drizzle the lemon juice or lime juice over the tuna and serve.