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Pan-Seared Tuna Steaks with Warm Tomato, Basil, and Olive Salad

By Liz Pearson / Photography By Scott Phillips
Searing tuna steaks is lightning-fast; they cook to medium-rare in less than five minutes, and this zesty tomato-olive salad takes only a few minutes more.


  • 4 5-oz. boneless, skinless tuna steaks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mixed yellow and red grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup sliced pitted green olives, such as picholine or Cerignola
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice


Season the tuna with 1 tsp. salt and 1/4  tsp. pepper. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange the tuna in the skillet in a single layer and cook, turning once, until done to your liking (3 to 4 minutes for medium rare). Transfer the tuna to a large plate.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the shallot to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until golden-brown, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, olives, basil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper; cook until warmed through and the tomatoes are just softened, about 2 minutes more. Remove the skillet from the heat and gently stir in the lemon juice.

Transfer the tuna to plates, top with the tomato salad, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 300; Fat (g): 16; Fat Calories (kcal): 140; Saturated Fat (g): 3; Protein (g): 34; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): 4; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 650; Cholesterol (mg): 55; Fiber (g): 1.