Pan-Seared Tuna Steaks with “Melted” Lemon-Caper Sauce

This fast, healthy, and delicious seared tuna dish comes together in one pan and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve with a mixture of seasoned cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion for a light and refreshing meal.

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15-18 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 6-oz. sushi-grade tuna steaks, approximately 3/4” thick
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
¼ c. dry white wine
½ c. chicken broth
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 organic lemon, sliced thin
3 T. capers, drained

Directions:

  1. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna steaks to hot skillet and cook for approximately 2 minutes for rare (add one minute per side for medium).
  2. Flip tuna and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook for another 2-3 minute, depending on desired level of doneness (is that even a word!). Transfer tuna steaks to a plate and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Keep warm.
  3. Add remaining olive oil and chopped shallots to skillet, Sauté, stirring occasionally, until shallots are soft and start to turn golden brown, approximately 3 minutes.
  4. Add white wine, chicken broth, lemon juice, and lemon slices to skillet. Deglaze pan by scraping up any brown bits from the bottom with a spatula. Cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is reduced by half.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add capers. Stir to combine and cook for another minute or until heated through.

Transfer the tuna steaks onto individual serving plates and top with a “melted” lemon slice and a spoonful of the lemon-caper sauce and serve immediately with your favourite sides. Enjoy!

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