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Spicy Cilantro-Lime Tuna

Spicy Cilantro-Lime Tuna

Forget your inhibitions about cooking a flawless fish dish, and just dive right in! It’s easy if you know what you are doing and, in that case, dinner is sure to be an absolute success. To get started you need to know a little about buying and preparing the fish, in this case ahi tuna. We all know the tuna that comes from a can, however nothing can beat a seared tuna steak.

Ahi tuna is a yellowfin tuna found in the tropical and subtropical oceans of the world. The fish itself can reach swimming speeds of up to 50 miles an hour, allowing them to out-swim and escape from their sea predators, but one must consider at this point how fish are sustainably harvested to understand the full picture – where to buy fresh tuna, what to look for and should we consume fish at all. Tuna, like all other fish, boasts high levels of Omega-3 fats and selenium, the latter an essential nutrient that supports thyroid function. On a “how to cook” level, tuna is best lightly seared on each side, leaving it pink in the middle, just warm and nearly raw. For this you will want to purchase the highest quality and freshest fish you can find. Place the raw tuna in the fridge immediately after returning from the store and let it come to room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking.

Let the tuna take center stage and serve it with a simple side dish. You can even steal the cilantro-lime avocado salsa recipe from our chicken dish to add as an accompaniment, in fact we encourage you to try it, we know you will be pleased!

Spicy Cilantro-Lime Tuna Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 12 minCook: 8 min

Protein: 41g / %

Carbs: 3g / %

Fat: 15g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 4 ahi tuna steaks
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tuna Preparation


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. In a bowl combine the cumin, paprika, minced garlic, olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Season the tuna steaks to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Brush the seasoned tuna steaks with with the cilantro-lime sauce.
  5. Place the tuna on the grill and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  6. Let rest 2 to 3 minutes before serving.