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Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fresh Lemon and Garlic Marinade

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Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fresh Lemon and Garlic Marinade

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Fresh Lemon and Garlic Marinade

Jessica Braider
When it comes to cooking fish I’d rather splurge on the best quality, even if it’s pricier, and stick with smaller portions. With fresh tuna the key is to cook it for a very short time on high heat so the inside stays pink and tender (if you insist on cooking it all the way through I can’t be held responsible for the texture). This light, lemony marinade enhances the flavor of the fish without overwhelming it. Scramble recipe tester Leanne Guido said, “I would make this dish again and again!”
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 slice lemon juice half the lemon about 2 Tbsp., andthe other half into wedges for serving
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (or use any variety) (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, about 1 tsp.
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. yellowfin tuna (use US Atlantic, pole-caught, if possible), or use halibut or salmon


  • In a small flat dish with sides, whisk together all the ingredients except the tuna, then add the tuna, flipping it a couple of times to coat it, and then set it aside for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes, flipping occasionally.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (alternatively cook it in a cast iron skillet). Put the tuna over direct heat and cook it for 2 - 3 minutes, then flip it, spoon a little of the marinade on top, and cook it for 2 – 3 more minutes.
  • Remove the tuna from the grill (or the pan), let it sit for 3 – 5 minutes, and then slice and serve it immediately with the lemon wedges.


Do Ahead or Delegate: Juice and slice the lemon, peel the garlic, make the marinade and marinate the fish in the refrigerator (do not marinate the fish for longer than 30 minutes or the lemon juice in the marinade will begin to change the texture of the fish).
Scramble Flavor Booster: Serve with lemon wedges and freshly ground black pepper.
Tip: To protect our fish supply, purchase pole-caught tuna if possible. Purchasing fish that was caught in this way benefits the environment by sparing sharks, turtles, and whales (that would otherwise get caught in large fishing nets), preventing overfishing, and helping to employ people who fish.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 157, Total Fat: 5g, 7%; Saturated Fat: 1g, 4%; Cholesterol: 51mg, 17%; Sodium: 167mg, 7%; Total Carbohydrate: 1g, 0.5%; Dietary Fiber: 0g, 0%; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 27g
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Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, All, Company/Entertaining, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fall, Gluten-Free, Grilling, Kosher, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Main Dish, No Added Sugar, Nut-Free, Spring, Summer, Winter
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