Chilli and Lime Tuna Steaks

By | June 15, 2017

I love tinned tuna. But, tuna steaks have never been a favourite. To be honest I find them a little bland. However, I’ve been really enjoying fish lately and looking out for new flavours I can try and new ways to use fish in my diet. So, when I saw some awesome tuna steaks I thought I’d have a go at creating a nice dressing to add some flavour. Husband suggested chilli and ginger but aside from ginger biscuits, it’s not a flavour I’m overly keen on. So, I changed it a little to create chilli and lime tuna steaks.

They were gorgeous. The dressing is such a nice flavour. A little nutty, with a nice tang from the limes. The flavours are all quite subtle but work well together and compliment the tuna beautifully. As someone that doesn’t usually enjoy tuna that much I can honestly say these chilli and lime tuna steaks are something I’m looking forward to having again.

We served out chilli and lime tuna steaks with new potatoes, salad and roasted red peppers. The sweetness of the peppers worked well and the dressing was as nice drizzled over the potatoes and salad as it was on the tuna.

You Will Need

  • 4 Tuna Steaks
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 2tbsp. Coriander
  • 2 Limes – Juice
  • 8tsp. Sweet chilli sauce
  • 4tbsp. Toasted sesame oil
  • Cooking oil

chilli and lime tuna steaks ingredients

We had 2 tuna steaks each as they’re quite small. But, one each might be enough if you’re not quite as greedy as we are.

Our steaks were frozen, so we baked them in the oven for 20 minutes before frying them in the dressing, but if yours are fresh you could just fry them on each side for 2-3 minutes until cooked through before brushing the dressing on.


To prepare your dressing, chop the chillies as finely as possible and place in a small bowl. Add the coriander, lime juice, sweet chilli sauce and sesame oil. Stir together well and set to one side until you need it.

chilli and lime dressing

You could make your own sweet chilli too, but as it can be bought cheaply and in a nice squeezy bottle I don’t bother. For this meal, I used a Heinz version which was only £1 and will go well on lots of things.

Fry your tuna steaks in a little oil (I use a fry light spray) over a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

tuna steaks

Brush with the dressing on both sides and fry for a further 2 minutes.


That’s it. A super simple yet incredibly tasty chilli and lime tuna steak. Drizzle the dressing over your salad too then cover and place any you have left in the fridge to be used on salad, pasta or noodles another day.

Chilli and Lime Tuna Steaks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

serves 2-4

Chilli and Lime Tuna Steaks

Simple, tasty chilli and lime tuna steaks


  • • 4 Tuna Steaks
  • • 2 Red chillies
  • • 2tbsp. Coriander
  • • 2 Limes – Juice
  • • 8tsp. Sweet chilli sauce
  • • 4tbsp. Toasted sesame oil
  • • Cooking oil


  1. Chop the chillies finely and place in a small bowl
  2. Add the coriander, lime juice, sweet chilli sauce and sesame oil and mix together well
  3. Set to one side
  4. Fry the tuna steaks over a medium heat in a little cooking oil for 2-3 minutes on either side, depending on your preference
  5. Brush both sides with the dressing
  6. Fry for a further 2 minutes
  7. Serve with salad, potatoes and roasted red pepper for a filling meal. Drizzle more dressing over your salad and potatoes
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  • Andjacobmakesthree

    Yum, this looks delicious! I’ll have to try it. I quite like tuna steaks but I never really think of buying them. #coolmumclub

    • It was gorgeous. I’m going to try more tuna things now I’ve found these Aldi steaks I think

  • Talya Stone

    Oh my goodness yum! I usually get a bit worried about used frozen fish and had no idea that you could even get frozen tuna steaks but this has given me a bit of confidence I’m going to look out for these next time I shop and try this out! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo

    • I get a bit worried about frozen too so I always bake it in the oven first to make sure it’s well cooked!

  • I’m not a massive fan of tuna steaks either but OMG this looks so tasty. I’m really hungry and I want this… Thanks for sharing. Will have to try and give it a go! #CoolMumClub

    • I was honestly quite surprised by how amazing it was. The dressing would go on lots of things too if you didn’t enjoy the tuna x

  • ooh look good. My kids like fish so maybe I’ll try a version of this with less chilli #foodiefriday

    • To be honest, it’s not very spicy, my kids would probably like it!

  • Katie Davis

    Oh wow! I don’t eat fish but they sound and look like they’d be really light and fresh. Perfect for summer!
    Thanks for linking to #FoodieFriday Don’t forget to join us again this week!

  • Becky Carrier

    I dont eat fish but the rest of my family do and this looks really good, I’m always looking for fish recipes to do for them. I could do myself a chicken breast in the sauce (who knows i might even be brave and try a bit of fish!)
    Thanks for joining #FoodieFriday

    • I really want to try the sauce with noodles and chicken! Or maybe even halloumi! It’d work well with lots of things