April 16, 2023
2 Ratings
Photo by Felice305
  • Prep time 8 minutes
  • Cook time 2 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

Blackened tuna is easy to make and even better to eat. Fresh tuna is seasoned with a dry rub of spices, mainly paprika, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. Then seared over high heat in a skillet until crispy and dark on the outside and rare on the inside. The result is a tender piece of fish with great flavor.

Felice Key West

What You'll Need
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • .5 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • .25 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • .5 teaspoons dry thyme
  • .5 teaspoons dry oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • .5 teaspoons black pepper
  • 12 ounces Yellowfin or Ahi Tuna, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  1. Rinse defrosted tuna under cold running water; pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Mix the seasoning spices together in a large bowl. Scatter on a plate.
  3. Press the tuna into the seasoning or dust the top and bottom of the tuna with the mixture.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of butter or oil in a medium-high skillet.
  5. When butter is sizzling, add the fish and sear. Cook without moving, 30 seconds. Flip and cook for another 30 seconds.
  6. Remove tuna from the pan to a plate. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Wrap the fish in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  8. Before serving, slice tuna thinly with a sharp knife.

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1 Review

E. B. May 18, 2023
Thanks for this! Had most of these spices in the pantry, substituted others, came out great!