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Seared Tuna Recipe

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Seared Tuna at Biltmore Photo

This seared tuna recipe is a healthy dietary choice, particularly for anti-inflammatory diets which require no dairy and no grains. Soy is a grain, so when preparing tuna steaks or fish of any kind, I pass on the soy and use citrus or other flavorings. Having a no grain diet has been a challenge, but has truly helped my severe degenerative osteoarthritis – my pain is now down by about 85%. I feel walking daily helps, but it’s the diet that contributes tremendously.

According to the American Dietetic Association, Omega-3 fat is a highly recommended nutritious component of our diets and the ADA recommends we consume 500 mg per day of Omega-3 food. Tuna is filled with Omega-3 fats, with Blue-Fin tuna having the highest amount of Omega-3’s. Tuna contains strong protein content and vitamins B-6, B-12, D, Niacin, and Phosphorus.  One caution about tuna is that it can sometimes contain mercury. Therefore the recommendation is to consume fresh tuna occasionally and only up to 6 ounces of canned Albacore tuna per week.

A recent visit to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina had me drooling over the seared tuna – Tuna Sashimi with Red Wakame [seaweed] Salad that the chefs prepared at the Library Lounge at The Inn at Biltmore – light and perfect lunch or delicious dinner – extremely low in fat, high in protein, and filled with flavor. If you have a special dietary concern, just ask your waiter to see if the restaurant can help. During my visit to the Library, Lounge was amazing – the chef came up to ask me details on my food allergies and made me feel very comfortable. Below is a seared tuna recipe without soy sauce so you can try it at home.

Seared Tuna Recipe
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Seafood
Author: Shawna Coronado at
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Delicious marinated tuna with NO SOY and lots of delicious citrus and sesame flavor. Excellent for lunch, dinner, and leftovers.
  • Tuna steaks
  • Cooking oil
  • Marinade Ingredients –
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped
  • Topping –
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Black pepper
  1. Wash and dry tuna steaks thoroughly.
  2. Mix all marinade ingredients together.
  3. Marinate tuna steaks in marinade mixture for one hour.
  4. Pull steaks out of marinade, pepper and deep all sides in sesame seeds.
  5. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan on high until just below smoking point – a very hot pan.
  6. Place sesame seed crusted tuna in pan for one minute each side. Watch carefully to make sure you do not burn the seeds.
  7. Slice tuna in 1/4 inch slices on a cutting board.
  8. Serve immediately.
Seared Tuna at Biltmore Photo
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