Planked Sesame-Ginger Tuna Steaks

  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Soak: 1 hr
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Grill: 12 mins
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Planked Sesame-Ginger Tuna Steaks
fresh or frozen tuna steaks, 1 to 1-1/2-inches thick*
14x6x3/4-inch alder or cedar grilling plank
cup bottled plum sauce
tablespoon soy sauce
teaspoons grated fresh ginger
teaspoon rice vinegar
teaspoon toasted sesame oil
teaspoon crushed red pepper
medium fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into eight spears
teaspoon sesame seeds and/or black sesame seeds, toasted**
Chopped green onions (optional)
  1. Thaw tuna, if frozen. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak plank in enough water to cover. Place a weight on plank so it stays submerged during soaking.
  2. For sauce, in a small bowl combine plum sauce, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, oil, and crushed red pepper; set aside.
  3. For a charcoal or gas grill, grease the grill rack. Place plank on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until plank begins to crackle and smoke. Meanwhile, grill tuna steaks on the grill rack for 2 to 3 minutes or until grill marks appear. Place tuna steaks, grilled sides up, on plank. Cover and grill for 10 to 15 minutes or until still pink in the center and fish begins to flake easily when tested with a fork, adding pineapple to grill rack during the last 8 to 10 minutes of grilling or until brown, turning pineapple occasionally.
  4. Transfer tuna and pineapple to a serving platter. Drizzle tuna steaks with sauce; sprinkle with sesame seeds. If desired, sprinkle with green onions.
From the Test Kitchen

If you like, you can substitute swordfish or halibut steaks for the tuna steaks.


To toast sesame seeds, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread sesame seeds in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until light brown, watching carefully and shaking once or twice.

Nutrition Facts (Planked Sesame-Ginger Tuna Steaks)
    Per serving:
  • 292 kcal cal.,
  • 2 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 66 mg chol.,
  • 434 mg sodium,
  • 24 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 12 g sugar,
  • 43 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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