Seared Tuna Steak Salad With Apple & Cucumber

We created this seared tuna steak salad for people who struggle with cooking fish but wanted something impressive but easy to start off with. The ingredients are simple to prepare, the flavours big and bold and everything takes less than 20 minutes. An absolute dream of a dish!

This is the latest in our series of tasty recipes that feature just 7 simple ingredients. They are all super tasty and can be made by people of any cooking ability.

Finding a good fresh tuna steak is the key, so spend a little more on the best produce you can find. Also, cooking it rare is essential for the flavour, so if that is not your thing try another salad recipe like this chicken and mango beauty.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad: Ingredients

  • Fresh tuna steak
  • Radish
  • Cucumber
  • Iceberg salad
  • Lime
  • Apple
  • Coriander

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

Start by washing all the vegetables, and then slicing them up as thin as you possibly can. Make sure to remove the cores from the apples.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

Add them to a large bowl.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

Pick some of the crunchiest iceberg lettuce leaves and slice them as thin as you can. Iceberg can be a seriously overlooked lettuce, but when used correctly it is superb.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

Roughly chop the coriander. You can leave this fairly course, as it adds lovely colour and flavour.

Cooking the tuna is the most important part. Set it out early from the fridge so that it comes up to room temperature. Season on both sides with salt and cracked black pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Heat up a large chargrill pan. You could even use the BBQ if you got it hot enough.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad recipe

Wait until the pan is smoking hot and add the tuna. The key now is doing nothing. Depending on the thickness, it will take about 60 seconds max on each side to cook.

You can achieve the fancy grill marks by twisting the fish 90 degrees on each side, but don’t move it more than that. You will get extra chef-style brownie points from your friends when they see that!

When the fish is cooked, take off the heat and allow it to rest. This will take about 2 minutes.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

While the fish rests, finish the salad. It is important you do this at the very last minute so that everything stays crunchy and fresh. Add a squeeze of lemon and the coriander.

Finish with a small drop of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Toss everything together and prepare to top with the fish.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

Slice the fish into bite sized pieces. Once large fillet will actually go a long way in a salad like this. You can also serve it hot or cold, but we’d suggest room temperature as too hot ruins the salad.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

Layer the fish onto the salad so as people can help themselves. You could serve it as an individual dish, but this is a great salad for family-style eating and to really wow your guests with.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

A little black pepper and lime juice over the top and you are all set.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

Fish shouldn’t be a worry for people trying to cook it and this seared tuna steak salad is the ideal place to start.

Fresh, tasty and super fast.

Seared Tuna Steak Salad

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Niall Harbison
Niall Harbison

Niall is an international entrepreneur who has worked within the tourism and hospitality industries for more than 20 years. He started his career in the kitchen, with a 10-year stint as a private yacht chef cooking for billionaires, including a position as Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen's personal chef. Niall then moved into the digital media world to become a founder of several lifestyle publications. He continues to write about his core passion: food.

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