Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Seared Tuna with Asian Ginger Dipping Sauce (Served with Broccoli and Grilled Pineapple)

We purchased some really nice wild tuna steaks at COSTCO today. They were quick and easy to grill and were perfect with the ginger dipping sauce. Add some simple sides and call it a meal! If you've never tried grilled pineapple, it becomes mild and juicy on the grill. It's a great complement to the tuna. If it's not grilling season in your part of the world, this meal can also be prepared in a pan on the stovetop. I love using my Lodge cast iron skillet.

Serves 4.

Seared Tuna
four 8-ounce tuna steaks, approx. 1" thick
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp coconut aminos
Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Pat tuna steaks dry with paper towel. 
  3. Combine 1 Tbsp coconut aminos with 1 Tbsp sesame oil. Rub on both sides of the steaks, then sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill tuna steaks for approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until they reach your desired degree of doneness. Cooking time will vary greatly depending on the thickness of the tuna steaks.
    NOTE: If you want to prepare this meal on the stovetop, warm 1 Tbsp coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and follow the same cooking instructions.
  5. To serve, cut into 1/4 inch slices across the grain.
Serving Suggestions: You can serve the seared tuna, thinly sliced, with wasabi, pickled ginger, coconut aminos, and baby spring greens. Or serve with grilled pineapple and broccoli, as I did. Keep it light and simple as the seared tuna is a treat all on its own!
Asian Ginger Dipping Sauce
Adapted from kolarsky.com
1/4 cup coconut aminos
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 tsp raw honey (optional)
2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 tsp sesame oil
2 green onions, sliced thin
2 Tbls fresh cilantro, chopped
Combine the first seven ingredients (aminos through sesame oil) in a small bowl, whisking to combine. Stir in sliced green onions and chopped cilantro.


  1. Hi, I can't wait to make this recipe. I'm very confused though. The ingredients listed for the tuna are sesame oil, coconut oil, salt and pepper. In the preparation for the tuna it talks about tamari and sesame seed which are not listed ingedients(so how much do I need) and says nothing about the coconut oil. Can you please help me out by clarifying. Thank you so much in advance.

    1. Hi, Anon! This was one of my earlier recipes and I'm sorry for the confusion! I've cleaned it up a bit and updated the ingredients with coconut aminos instead of the tamari. The aminos are a better soy substitute, but if you have the tamari already, go ahead and use it up. If you give this a try, I'd love to hear how you like it! Thanks for the post and the heads up on its need for an update. :)

  2. HI! I am just now starting out on the Paleo journey... can you clarify what coconut aminos are? Thank you!