Seared Tuna with Soy and Red Chiles


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock

  • 4 tuna steaks, about 1-inch thick (about 2 pounds in all)

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 scallion including green top, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced


  1. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, red pepper flakes, and broth. Sprinkle fish with salt and black pepper. Heat cooking oil in a large frying pan over moderately high heat. Add tuna and cook until brown, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook fish until done to your taste, 3 to 4 minutes longer for medium rare. Transfer tuna to a cutting board to rest while you make the sauce.