Smoking a Tuna Steak

Discussion in 'Fish' started by xjcamaro, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    I want to smoke a thick tuna steak, should i cold smoke it then sear it or hot smoke it at a low temp? Anyone have any suggestions?
  2. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    i would smoke it for an hour for taste then get the grill on hot and sear each side for a couple mins each that should do it right
  3. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Cold smoke as to not cook it until i sear it?
  4. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Tuna will cook very fast. I usually grill mine for about 3 minutes each side on a medium high temp. If you smoke it and want grill marks I think 1 minute each side should do. I marinate with a red wine vinegar and oil dressing with fresh pepper and a dash of lemon. MAN, I'M GETTING HUNGRY!!


    BTW, I do mahi the same way and it's GREAT!!
  5. xjcamaro

    xjcamaro Meat Mopper

    Ya, but if i cold smoke, i can just sear real quick on the grill or skillet right?
  6. hdsmoke

    hdsmoke Smoking Fanatic

    Personally, i think a good tuna steak has a perfect light flavor, and i think smoking will put too heavy of a flavor on it. I just like it quick seared like above. Or for something different you could try Alton Brown's chimney method. I like it seared outside and rare inside with a side of wasabi and soy sauce.
  7. athabaskar

    athabaskar Smoking Fanatic

    I think the easiest way to do what you want is to use a smoker box on the grill, or even just some chunks tossed on the grill. Get the smoke going and the grill hot and then grill normally for 2-3 minutes each side (I like mine pretty rare). That will give it a nice kiss of smoke while not overcooking it.

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