Recipe: Easy Tuna Steaks

As part of my “get ready to live on a boat” process I’ve been looking up fish recipes that I imagine will be easy to cook while on board. Since every sailing book I’ve read has been able to enjoy fresh tuna steaks I thought that was a good place to start. I found and adapted this recipe from Epicurious.

Easy Tuna Steaks, serves 2


1 teaspoon coarsely crushed white/black peppercorns (I used a peppercorn grinder that already had a mix of black and white)

3/4 tsp (or a couple turns of a grinder) salt

1 tablespoon oil (I used olive, but the original recipe calls for veggie)

Side Sauce:

1.5 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon grated peeled ginger

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 scallion, thinly sliced


Mix together all sauce ingredients and set aside. (Yes I understand it will likely be difficult to find some of these ingredients in Central America. I’ll improvise. I’m good like that.)

Coarsely grind peppercorns with mortar and pestle or use a grinder like me! Sprinkle each stake with about two or three turns of both salt and peppercorn on each side. Press spices into the steaks.

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Let it warm up until it *shimmers*. Sear tuna, turning once about 3-4 minutes or so on each side. Exact cooking time will depend on thickness of steaks, but you want them to be medium-rare.

Serve over a bed of arugula. Finish with the dipping sauce. Easy AND delicious. I definitely plan on making this while we’re living aboard Chance.