Seared tuna with lemon and lime

Seared tuna with lemon and lime
This is a very simple way to prepare and cook tuna - a fish that tends to dry out very quickly if you are not careful about how you cook it.

In this recipe the tuna medallions are marinated in a mixture of olive oil, lemon and lime, before being seared briefly on both sides.

Serve with rice cooked beforehand, then just heated through in the left-over marinade.
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Last modified on: July 23th 2017

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Seared tuna with lemon and lime
Trim 600 g fresh tuna and cut into medallions, if not already prepared.

Rinse and dry the fish.

Stage 2 - 2 hours
Seared tuna with lemon and lime
Prepare the marinade by pouring 5 tablespoons olive oil into a dish with the juice of 1 lime and 1 lemon. Add the lemon and lime zest, then salt and pepper lightly.

Put the tuna medallions into the marinade and spoon some over them, then cover with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Seared tuna with lemon and lime
Put a large non-stick frying pan on high heat. When really hot, add the tuna medallions, then salt and pepper.

Stage 4 - 4 min.
Seared tuna with lemon and lime
Sear on both sides just until nicely browned. Don't overdo it, ot the tuna will start to dry out. It is fine for the flesh to stay slightly pink.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Seared tuna with lemon and lime
Transfer the cooked medallions onto a hot plate. Use a brush to coat them with a little of the marinade, then cover the plate with aluminium foil and keep hot.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Seared tuna with lemon and lime
Pour what is left of the marinade into the same pan, add 400 g cooked rice and reheat while stirring.

Stage 7
Seared tuna with lemon and lime
Serve immediately on hot plates.
You can use this recipe for other types of fish, particularly those that tend to dry out during cooking, such as swordfish.
A few days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
5,853 Kcal or 24,505 Kj188 gr238 gr461 gr
293 %72 %22 %70 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
445 Kcal or 1,863 Kj14 gr18 gr35 gr
22 %6 %2 %5 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,463 Kcal or 6,125 Kj47 gr59 gr115 gr
73 %18 %6 %17 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Fish, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 11.60 €
  • Per person : 2.90 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Fresh tunaFresh tuna: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Spicy seafood plancha, Quiche Bretonne, Marinated tuna with herbs, Tender tuna, Marinated tuna and cabbage, ... All
Cooked riceCooked rice: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Creamy rice with spinach, Rice à l'italienne, Tomato ladybirds, Gratin of chicken with rice and sautéed mushrooms, Madras rice, ... All
Olive oilOlive oil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pork Chops with Rosemary, Cauliflower tabouleh, Individual creamy endive gratins, Coq au vin, Filet mignon with asparagus, ... All
LimeLime: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chinese style chicken, "Land and sea" kebabs, Vietnamese prawns, Blackcurrant, vanilla and lime verrine , Mixed salad with curry mayo, ... All
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