Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Thuna Steak with Sesame Oil and Soy Sauce

I never worked with thuna before, except the canned one, lazily added to a salad. I don't like that much either the texture or the taste therefore I rarely invested too many seconds thinking about it. Today though, I impulsively decided to try something new. So, it was thuna steak with sesame oil, soy sauce and some black sesame seeds garnish.

250 gr. frozen thuna. I don't like frozen meat or fish, but it was the only available option, therefore I had to wait a bit more until the two piece were completely defrosten
1 tablespoon of orange juice, spread over the thuna on both sides. It is always recommended when you cook fish, but especially for the frozen variant, as diminishes the unpleasant fish taste
1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of sweet soy sauce
1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds, for garnish


Heat the oven at 250C, at least 5 minutes before the fish is prepared in the pan. Spread the lemon juice on both sides, followed by the brown sugar, the soy sauce and the sesame oil. When in the oven, take care to turn on both sides every 10 minutes or so. 
After 30 minutes in the oven, take the thuna away and put it on a pan on the stove and fry it for another 15 minutes. You only need to add some couple of drops of sesame oil.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes.

Because of all the ingredients - especially the sweet soy sauce and the brown sugar - it tastes slightly sweet but in a very healthy discrete way. I served with country potato fries and some fresh tomatoes on the side. It was a very fulfilling and healthy lunch and hopefully, I am courageous enough to try again some thuna recipes soon.

Bon App├ętit!


  1. Tuna steak is such a great piece of fish to work with. So nice and "meaty" and holds up well on the grill too.

    1. Exactly! It is really 'meaty' and it is a good replacement for meat once in a while.

  2. Fresh tuna is one of my favorites, try the tuna in can with olive oil. Get a very good quality and you will not be disappointed!

  3. Mmmm this is something I'd love to have with some noodles and bok choy. Love the flavors.

    1. Definitely! It looks like a great match of tastes and flavors!

  4. I love this! Such a fantastic idea, and beautifully simple recipe to follow. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love tuna, as long as it's sustainably caught. These flavors are fantastic together, but I prefer my tuna much less cooked.

    1. Right. In Germany there are many shops distributing only sustainable caught thuna! My next on my list is a thuna tartar, hopefully will share my experiences soon!