Lime Chili Marinated Tuna Steaks

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These Lime Chili Marinated Tuna Steaks have a great marinade!  If you have access to fresh tuna, you should try this easy recipe for sure.

Sliced Lime Chili Marinated Tuna

I love this Lime Chili Marinated Tuna recipe for summer grilling. Fresh tuna is an absolute treat.  I view tuna as one of those fish varieties that is a good one to try if you’re a little wary of eating fish in general.  Add a good marinade- this one incorporates lime, soy sauce, honey and chili sauce- and that makes it all that much better too.

Tuna is grilled until the flesh changes color and is no longer translucent  If you over-grill it, it’ll be dry (just as if you over cook any other meat).  Some people prefer to keep their tuna a bit rare (a good shade of pink) in the middle.  Medium rare is the most common way to serve it.  It’s completely your choice.  The photos shown here display this fresh tuna recipe as rare to medium rare.

Lime Chili Marinated Tuna

If you have access to a seafood market where fresh finds are delivered daily, that might be your best bet for finding a good price on tuna.  If not, I would do some research to find a market that carries good, fresh seafood.  Whole Foods usually has good quality fish but it can be pricey there.

What’s the best kind of fresh tuna to buy?

This is kind of important since fresh tuna can be expensive and you really want to get the most bang for your buck.  The best-tasting tuna—bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, or albacore—will range in color from deep red to pink.  Most of the time in a regular grocery store, you’ll find it already sliced into steaks.  That’s what you’ll need for this recipe.  If they’re not already sliced, you can ask your seafood guy to cut 1-inch thick steaks for you.

Look for moist, shiny fish for the best freshness.  If it looks wet or weepy, it’s not fresh fish. Once cut, the steaks will begin the process of oxidation.  The older they are, the more brown and dull the steaks will appear.  Fresh fish shouldn’t have an overly fishy odor to it.  Just have a chat with your seafood guy to find out the story behind the tuna you’re looking at.

Lime Chili Marinated Tuna


If you enjoy seafood recipes, you might also like to try my San Diego Style Fish Tacos or this Grilled Salmon with Avocado SalsaBeer Battered Halibut and Easy Tilapia Piccata are good choices too!

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Lime Chili Marinated Tuna Steaks

Fresh Tuna with an easy and delicious marinade!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 309kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, tuna


  • 24 ounces tuna (4 steaks, 6-ounces each & 1-inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons bottled chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Rinse tuna steaks and pat dry. Arrange tuna in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Mix lime juice, soy sauce, honey, chili sauce, and olive oil in a small bowl. Pour over tuna. Turn fish to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Remove tuna from marinade. Pour remaining marinade into a small saucepan and set aside. Cook tuna over hot coals 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Fish should be lightly browned on outside and pale pink on thickest part. Remove from heat.
  • Bring reserved marinade to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water until smooth. Add to marinade. Cook and stir until sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Spoon sauce over tuna steaks and serve immediately.


  • *Bottled chili sauce is found near the ketchup and sauces in your local market.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3765IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg
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