Tuna steak is a superfood of lean protein packed to the gills with B vitamins and hearty healthy omega 3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- like tuna and salmon -- twice a week

Raw tuna steaks look a lot like raw beef, while seared tuna even has some of the same texture and taste of really good beef, too. When choosing fresh tuna, choose a piece that smells ocean-fresh and looks glossy.  Sear the tuna, like in the recipe below, quickly over high heat until the flesh changes color and is no longer translucent.

You can use the “finger test” to determine the doneness of tuna just like you would a steak. In fact, all preparation can be done very similar to how you would handle a beef steak.

Finger Test
1. Using your right hand, relax your fingers and bring your forefinger and thumb together without any pressure. With your left forefinger, feel the muscle at the base of your thumb - this is how a rare steak will feel when pressed from the top.
2. For medium doneness, do the same thing with your middle finger.
3. For well done, do the same with your ring finger.

This is one of the best proteins you can get for your money, in my opinion. Tuna steaks are gorgeous. Simple enough to prepare on a weeknight but special enough to serve with company.

Grilled Sesame Tuna Steak, 4 servings
4 tuna steaks (6 ounces each)
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce or Bragg's liquid aminos
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup black sesame seeds


In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, scallions, lemon juice, sesame oil and ginger. Add tuna steaks and marinate for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat grill to high heat. Place sesame seeds into a shallow bowl. Remove tuna steaks from marinade and coat with sesame seeds. Spray grill with non-stick spray. Place steaks on the grill. Grill 3 minutes on each side (or longer if you prefer to tuna cooked through). Serve hot off the grill with a nice veggie side like green beans almondine.

Be Well,

Kristin

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