Pan-seared Albacore Tuna

I recently moved to Astoria, Oregon. And besides being the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, it is also really big on seafood. Really big. Salmon, clams, oysters, mackerel, and, of course, albacore tuna.

There’s a Thursday farmers market downtown from April to October, and besides great fresh produce, there’s also fresh and sustainable beef, lamb and seafood.

The other week I could not pass up the chance to snag an albacore tuna steak. Cost about $10, pan-seared it like this, and it made its way into three different meals, just fyi.

I tried a pan-sear for the first time on something this thick. Not quite even, and probably could have gone on another minute on the bottom, but delicious none the less.


1 albacore tuna steak

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup lemon juice

Olive oil


1. Rub the steak with salt and pepper to taste. In a bowl, mix the lemon juice, more salt and pepper and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the marinade to a plastic bag. Add the tuna to the bag. Place in the fridge and marinate about half an hour.

2. After marinating, remove the tuna from the fridge. Heat olive oil in a pan on high heat. Place the tuna in the pan. Sear for about 1 minute on one side, then flip and do the other. Reduce heat to medium and cook 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Keep watch that you don’t overcook; you want pink in the middle. Enjoy with rice and roasted summer squash.

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Categories: Meat, Seafood


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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