Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak with Avocado and Spinach

I need to tell you something real quick: I WANT TO MARRY TUNA STEAKS.

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak / Bev Cooks

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m cooking a few recipes out of this super duper book I just finished. And as a mega mama lover of fish, this recipe jumped off the page, slapped my face into next week and then kissed me like Rhett Butler does to Scarlett O’Hara on a dangerously long red staircase.

And as if good tuna wasn’t enough to seal the deal for 10 thousand romantical slow dances in your heart, the marinade slash topping for this dish will FREAK. YOUR. FACE. RIGHT. OFF.

Ginger? Good gosh yes.

Garlic? Feed me a billion cloves.

Cilantro? Make me an edible scarf, please.

Lime juice and soy sauce? Draw me a bath now, would ya, dear?

Add slices of creamy avocado to the mix and OH. Oh, ohohohohoh. Ican’tevenstandit.

The only willy-nillying I did was to tweak the measurements a tad to fit my taste buds, and I served the tuna over wilted spinach. Which in my opinion everything in LIFE should be served over wilted spinach. Including wilted spinach.

One more thing and I’ll totes leave you alone. This is good tuna. PA-LEASE don’t cook it all the way through. You want it rare in the middle. Don’t be skeered.

Now please go make this and invite me over so I can steal it from you.

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak With Avocado and Spinach:

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak / Bev Cooks

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak / Bev Cooks

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak / Bev Cooks

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak / Bev Cooks

Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak / Bev Cooks

What it took for 1: (hubs was on a plane and missed out. poor sucker.)

* 1 tuna steak (ahí or yellowfin)
* pinch of salt and pepper
* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 Tbs. soy sauce
* 1 tsp freshly minced ginger
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
* juice of 1 lime, plus the zest
* 1 tsp sugar
* 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
* 4 cups spinach

Season both sides of the tuna with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 Tbs. oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, zest and sugar. Add the fish and marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

In a small skillet heat the last Tbs of oil. Add the spinach and wilt slightly. Toss in a teeny pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

Remove the fish from the marinade and grill (or sear) for 2 minutes on each side. Keep it rare in the center. PLEASE!

Pour the remaining marinade into a small saucepan and reduce until it becomes thick, 2 minutes.

Top the wilted spinach with the grilled fish, followed by the sliced avocado and a nice drizzle of the reduction.

Dear goodness me.


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80 Responses to Grilled Citrus Tuna Steak with Avocado and Spinach

  1. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm #
    Oh MAH gosh. My boyfriend would totally give me the Girlfriend of the Year award if I whipped out this recipe. For serious, I think he's going to leave me for tuna sometimes.
    • TimedEating April 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm #
      Truly beautiful photos and a great looking recipe - going to have to give this one some link love :) I've found that a combination of spices including coriander seeds and fennel seeds adds some crunch to the tuna as well as protecting it from the heat. Here's the recipe if you're interested
    • Lisa August 15, 2019 at 9:02 am #
      Your post made me laugh out loud here in the south west of England... glad I stumbled across you;) gonna make this tomorrow! Thanks
  2. Cookin' Cowgirl December 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm #
    Yes, yes, YES!! I love everything about this!!
  3. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm #
    Every single flavor in here sounds amazing. Overcooked tuna should be equal to a mortal sin. Seriously people, don't do it!
  4. Deliciously Organic December 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm #
    Gorgeous!! Is there a way I can print it out? I really want to try this!
    • Bev Weidner December 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm #
      Thanks, Carrie! YES, you can print any part of the post or just the recipe. Right at the top, click "print friendly." Yay!
      • Kathleen September 26, 2020 at 4:42 pm #
        Did you figure out where to print because there is no printer friendly link anywhere on this post???
        • Jonathan Brady November 12, 2020 at 6:12 pm #
          Absolutely delicious! Thank you for the recipe!
  5. Lauren December 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm #
    That marinade sounds like something I want to drink.
  6. Heather December 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm #
    Can I please tell you that this looks like it could be my favorite meal....ever? The family and I go deep sea fishing all summer and I know I'm going to need to make this when we haul a tuna on board. NOM. And you're completely right about cooking the tuna. Sear that baby on the outside only! Thanks for the recipe!
  7. Lisa [With Style and Grace] December 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm #
    wow. If we were neighbors I'd be inviting myself to dinner. on a regular basis.
  8. Maria December 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm #
    Love the fresh flavors!!
  9. Cassie December 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm #
    Sounds incredibly fresh and healthy. That tuna steak is beautiful!
  10. Tina @ mylifeasamrs December 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm #
    okay, what time should I be there for round two of this meal??? ;)
  11. nicole {sweet peony} December 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm #
    i could hardly wait for you to post this after seeing your teaser pic yesterday! ohhhh good lord it looks amazing! i absolutely must make this for my hubby... he's gonna flip! and i might add some cherry tomatoes to the spinach for a nice red pop. love you for this!!!
  12. Katie December 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm #
    Mmm, heck yeah. I love tuna steaks. LOVE. And the fact that you referenced Gone with the Wind makes me so smiley. When I was pregnant, I begged Meeker to let me name our daughter Rhett Butler, but he wouldn't let me.
  13. carly {carlyklock} December 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm #
  14. JulieJ December 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm #
    This looks amazing. I've never had a tuna steak before so *dumb question alert* it warm in the center after you cooked it?
    • Bev Weidner December 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm #
      It's not COOL by any means, but it's more room temp. And divine. And you won't believe how it will change your life, forever. Try it!
  15. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme December 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm #
    Fabulous recipe! LOVE the combination of ingredients. Definitely craving this dish now!
  16. Jessica @ How Sweet December 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm #
    i can hardly stand it! scrumptious.
  17. Jaisa @ hardly housewives December 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm #
    This looks delicious. So light and healthy. I am always trying to think of new ways to use avocado besides smushing it on my face/mouth. YUM.
  18. Tracy December 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm #
    i have bookmarked SO MANY of your recipes between last night and today! Love your blog, and this tuna is going to be made by me next week for sure!!
  19. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations December 8, 2011 at 1:56 am #
    This looks delicious! I love Tuna... add avocado and spinach and I'm done :) Mmmm!
  20. Deborah December 8, 2011 at 5:36 am #
    So I'm so embarrased to admit that I've never actually had a tuna steak. Tuna from a can? Yep. But this looks so - much - better!!!
    • Banshee August 11, 2019 at 8:27 am #
      It IS! I was skeptical about eating a rare tuna steak, but it was truly succulent, almost like a rare prime rib. And the marinade made it utterly amazing!
  21. Mimi Avocado December 8, 2011 at 7:26 am #
    What a beautiful photo of the avocado on the tuna! The flavors have to be fantastic! We are featuring your post on our Facebook page today, where we share the best avocado recipes on the planet. Facebook/Avocados_Direct Thank you!
  22. Jeanette December 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm #
    The marinade sounds divine, and your photos are gorgeous - beautiful presentation.
  23. Jessica June 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm #
    This is amazing. My hubby and I are addicted. ( have made it about 6x in 1 month!!) So delicious! Thanks for posting. YUMBO!
  24. Christine July 5, 2013 at 10:29 am #
    I loved this recipe so much I put it on my blog. Hope you don't mind. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it will be a new staple in my house!
  25. Cheyenne January 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm #
    Made this earlier this week for dinner. OMG!!! So good. I'm not...well wasn't...a big fan of fish but this recipe had me drooling over every bite. Thank you so much for sharing this!
  26. jen April 27, 2014 at 8:37 pm #
    this was amazing, thank you!!
  27. Melanie May 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm #
    Made this the other night and it's the most amazing tuna recipe out there. We have tons of tuna from my husband's last fishing trip and we are always looking for new recipes. My aunt and uncle are visiting this Friday and I plan on making this stunner again!
  28. Lizz March 24, 2015 at 9:37 am #
    very impressive photos and the recipe of course
  29. Lizz March 24, 2015 at 9:38 am #
    Its gonna take some time while I master this recipe because my cooking is only good in papa Louie's restaurant games lol. But id love to cook this for my BF. thanks huge!
  30. George July 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm #
    I made this yesterday the presentation was just beautiful it looked so appetizing on the plate my guest could not wait to eat, but the best part was the sounds of their enjoyment as they ate they all raved about the flavor. This is a keeper. Thanks
  31. Luisa February 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm #
    Delish! I live in Mexico City and just made it for my DH for Valentine's Day. He LOVED it! Even my 2 year old daughter digged in. Thank you so much.
  32. Jennifer June 20, 2016 at 8:20 pm #
    I just made this tonight for dinner. I even left out the cilantro - unfortunately, my husband can't stand it. It was so, so, so delicious! We both loved it. Thank you for the recipe!
  33. January 30, 2018 at 2:39 am #
    Not all are true. Everyone has their own way of thinking but I think they have to reconsider. I like to argue for the most accurate results.
  34. February 4, 2018 at 8:15 pm #
    Not all are true. Everyone has their own way of thinking but I think they have to reconsider. I like to argue for the most accurate results.
  35. martin March 19, 2018 at 4:17 pm #
    Wow, easy to prepare, easy to cook, a sure fire repeat dish, everyone loved it, including my mom who is not so big on "undercooked" (her words not mine) fish, she was a bit hesitant at first, but plate was empty at the end which says it all, extremely filling, I served with boiled baby potatoes , 10 out of 10!!
  36. Jonathan July 18, 2018 at 11:19 pm #
    Made it tonight for my fiance and she loved it! Thank you!!
  37. Michelle July 20, 2018 at 6:09 pm #
    I made this for me with my hubs being on a plane too! I had to add a bit of sesame oil. I have an addiction. Used some Swiss chard from the garden that I wilted slightly. Who needs restaurants, right??
  38. Marianne August 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm #
    Omgosh Best. Tuna. Ever. I love the sauce and use it on other fish too, sometimes I skip the cooked spinach part and make it more like a cold salad with the sauce as a dressing instead! Delish thank you
  39. Cara Mengatasi Telinga Bedengung February 8, 2019 at 9:20 pm #
    I am also facing this issue, I tried to do it with the some tips online but It didn't worked. Kindly please help me with some solution... Thanks
  40. banshee August 11, 2019 at 8:31 am #
    This was amazing. And so easy! I’m a hit-or-miss cook but I felt like a five-star chef after I’d made and tasted it. Thank you a million times over!
  41. Anna Walls January 23, 2020 at 7:42 am #
    This was SOOOO stinkin good. I added red pepper flakes to the marinade. And served it with a spicy salad (with mustard leaves and nasturtiums). So quick and easy!!
  42. BiggBoss 14 Video July 22, 2020 at 9:48 am #
    May I simply just say what a relief to discover someone that actually knows what they are talking about online. You actually know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people ought to look at this and understand this side of the story. It's surprising you aren't more popular given that you definitely possess the gift.
  43. Shelby March 27, 2021 at 8:56 pm #
    Sooooooo delicious. I added a little crushed red pepper for good measure but that was it. This marinade would be great on other protein and added lots of flavor to our steaks even before turning it into a sauce. The reduction and the avocado totally made the dish.
  44. Christina J June 19, 2023 at 12:15 am #
    I did this with seared tuna and served with brown rice. I made extra sauce for the brown rice. So delicious. I used more spinach than I needed and had extra for eggs the next day.


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