yellowfintunaOn your fishing charter, you’re going to have the opportunity to catch and take home fresh fish. Some of the types of fish that you might see while deep sea fishing include marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, wahoo and yellowfin tuna. Tuna is a favorite among native Charlestonians as well as visiting seafood-lovers. Here are two of the best ways to prepare yellowfin tuna!

Seared Yellowfin Tuna


Make a spice mixture for your tuna that will complement its meaty flavor. These ingredients will be enough to cover a 6-ounce piece of tuna:

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

If you’re using a stove, heat a cast iron skillet or other heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of peanut oil or canola oil and heat it until the oil just begins to smoke. If you’re using a grill, light the charcoal at least half an hour before you plan to cook the tuna.

Coat the tuna with the spice mixture you made. Let the coated tuna sit until it’s room temperature before placing it on the stove or the grill.

Put the tuna on the skillet or grill and let it sear for two minutes on the first side. Flip the tuna and let it cook for another two minutes, then remove it from the heat.

Your tuna should be rare on the inside and ready to eat.  A great way to prepare Yellowfin Tuna!

Baked Yellowfin Tuna


Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Grease a baking dish that is slightly bigger than the piece of tuna you will be cooking. Rub olive oil on the bottom and sides of the dish so the tuna won’t stick. 

Rub each steak or fillet with a teaspoon of melted butter or olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, and the dried herbs of your choice.

Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. It’s better to undercook than overcook tuna. Typically, overcooked tuna has a drier texture and loses its meaty taste.