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Teriyaki Tuna

Tuna marinaded in Asian flavors
Teriyaki Tuna
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A quick and easy recipe that you can make for a busy weeknight. Tuna fillets marinaded in salty brown teriyaki sauce are cooked in a wok for a few minutes before serving with sauteed lettuce. Perfect to serve over a bed of rice.

This recipe is by Linda Gassenheimer and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.

Ready in
15 m
5 m
(prepare time)
10 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


Use a plastic bag to marinate tuna for quick clean-up. Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger instead of fresh. Try small skillet to cook tuna. The sauce will dry out in a large pan. Cook rice like pasta in a lot of boiling water takes only 10 minutes and it comes out fluffy every time.


  • 3 Tablespoons low-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 Pounds fresh yellow fin tuna
  • 2 Teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 Cups washed, ready-to-eat romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1: In a self-seal plastic bag, place 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce and 2 teaspoons ginger. Rinse 3/4 pound tuna and marinate in the sauce for 10 minutes, turning once.

Step 2: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. When oil is smoking, add 4 cups lettuce. Stir-fry for about 10 seconds. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon sugar and continue to stir-fry for about 10 seconds. Quickly transfer to two dinner plates.

Step 3: Drain tuna, reserving marinade. Brown tuna for two minutes in the wok used for the lettuce. Turn and brown the other side for two minutes. Lower heat and cook another 1 minute, add marinade and cook 1 minute for rare. Cook tuna for 4 minutes for medium.

Step 4: Divide tuna into two portions and serve over rice with lettuce. Spoon remaining sauce on top. Add salt and pepper to taste.