Simple marinated blackened tuna steaks

How is it already Monday again?? I wasn’t ready for it, but the universe didn’t ask me what I wanted so here we are! On the bright side, I like to think it was a good weekend if it passed by so quickly. A boring weekend would drag by right? Anyway, this super easy marinated tuna steak is perfect for Monday nights because it cooks in under 30 minutes, and is really yummy. Obvs.

I always like to think on Sunday night about what I’ll make for Monday dinner because it seems like by the time it’s 5pm the last thing you want to commit your brain to is more work in the kitchen. The other plus to this is that you can put whatever meat/seafood you plan to cook in the fridge overnight to thaw. This is by far the safest way to defrost meat because it won’t go above the 41 degree (F) threshold where food poisoning starts to lurk about. Another added bonus is that you can pre-prep your side. I like to have some long grain brown rice by Simple Truth which takes about 45 minutes to make. When I prep the day before, I just take it off the burner when there’s still a little bit of the water left in the pan, and store in the fridge over night. The extra water helps to keep the rice from drying out. Then I just cook up an easy veggie, and I’ve got a simple, balanced and delicious dinner in under 30 minutes. What a DREAM!



  • Yellow fin tuna steak (4-6 oz)
  • 2 tbsp blackened seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Cholula chili lime sauce (for a little added kick)
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon

Please the tuna and remaining ingredients except for the blackened seasoning in a zip lock bag, shake to combine, and let marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 10 minutes or up to 8 hours. The longer it marinates, the stronger the flavor! Heat a small to medium sized skillet over medium to medium high heat. With my glass top oven, I find the perfect temp to actually be in between those two settings. When the skillet is heated (about 2-3 minutes) use 1 tbsp of the blackened seasoning on each side of the tuna steak, pat to settle, and add to the skillet. Cook the tuna for about 4-6 minutes on each side, sticking to the longer end if you like your tuna well done. I prefer mine just cooked with a little color to it so I usually do 4 minutes per side. After it’s cooked on the other side of the appropriate amount of time, just plate your dish with your sides and you’re ready to go! How freakin easy is THAT?

I paired mine with a simple kale Caesar and 1/4 cup of brown rice 🙂

What’s your favorite Monday night meal?


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