From Turn Tuna into Tantalizing with These Grill Tips

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There are myriad ways to cook Ahi tuna steaks, but perfection can be achieved every time by following these easy steps.'s Easy Tips for Perfect Tuna Steaks

"These thick, firm steaks are perfect for the grill." -GML Chef Mac Arrington

There are few finer ingredients than thick, fresh tuna steaks. They hold so much culinary promise. Like swordfish, they can offer a dining experience dense with flavor and texture – unless, of course, the tuna is cooked to dryness or mixed with the wrong ingredients.

GML Chef Mac Arrington says that “these thick, firm, steaks are perfect for the grill.” But how to best prepare tuna steaks so that they do not become a disappointment?

1. Marinade, or Brush with Butter or Olive Oil

Moisture will prevent the tuna from becoming too dry as it is cooked. One option is to marinade the steaks. Lemon, soy or teriyaki sauce, salad dressing, and gourmet vinegars are just a few of the many options available for a tasty marinade.

For best results in marinating tuna, douse the steaks in a glass bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least four hours. There’s always the option of making a little extra marinade for spooning over the tuna once it is cooked.

An alternative to marinating is simply brushing the tuna steaks generously with butter or olive oil. They will slide sizzling and succulent from the flame to the dinner plate in minutes, glistening like jewels when you follow these simple steps. Feel free to apply these tips to grilling swordfish steaks as well.

2. Season

From dill to tarragon, seasonings applied to tuna are limitless because its mild flavor allows for versatility in preparing it. It is also an option leave tuna steaks unseasoned – they still delight the palate.

3. Heat the Grill

Preheat the grill to medium high, making sure the tuna steaks are not placed directly on the flame. Brush the grill racks with oil to prevent the steaks from sticking to it. Keep a close eye on the steaks as they cook, looking for that beautiful rose-red meat to turn white about one third the way up from the center of the steak.

Once the steak has reached that point, flip and again, ever so carefully, grill until the meat turns white only one third of the way up to the middle and pulls flaky from a fork. Note: Avoid cooking the meat white all the way through. Tuna takes approximately 5 to 7 minutes to cook, depending on the thickness of the steak.

4. Place the perfectly grilled tuna on a serving platter with your favorite garnish, such as rosemary or parsley and enjoy!

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