Tuna Steak

Summertime Grilling with Tuna Steak!

Are you ready for summertime or all-year grilling and eating fresh and flavorful delicious foods? Then, I have the dish for you. Grilled Tuna Steak at Cafe Laurie was one of the most popular dishes from the opening day, by far, and will be your favorite once you make this dish.  Consequently, the recipe has lastest the test of time. I have people stop me all the time and ask about the grilled tuna steak.

Photos are from my son, Chris Bakke and fellow roommates who cooked their way through my cookbook, Laurie Bakke’s Cookbook. I plan on sharing more of the recipes through their cooking together in Denver, Colorado.

First, making restaurant-quality grilled tuna steak at home is easier than you might think. Make sure you buy the sushi-grade tuna from a good fishmonger. Customers can purchase frozen tuna, but look for a bright red color without any discoloration.

The tuna steaks have a flavorful marinade that infuses the fish as it sears on a hot grill. Everyone has a different preference on the doneness of fish and meat, but sushi-grade tuna is best cooked rare to medium rare. While the marinade yields a significate portion, it can be used to marinate chicken, pork, and vegetables.

With the Oriental Coleslaw and Wasabi Mayonnaise seasoned to perfection, the recipe is a winner every time. Serve the tuna on rustic grilled ciabatta bread or over baby mixed greens. As you can see from the photo, the steaks make a beautiful presentation sure to please your guests.

You can make everything ahead of time and will need to grill the tuna at the last minute. Whether you are making a romantic dinner for your significant other or serving fresh fish to your family and friends, this flavorful recipe will be a hit.

The tuna steaks have a flavorful marinade that infuses the fish as it sears on a hot grill. Everyone has a different preference on the doneness of fish and meat,

Grilled Tuna Steak with Oriental Coleslaw and Wasabi Mayonnaise


  • 4 – Fresh Tuna Steaks
  • Marinade – recipe to follow
  • Oriental Coleslaw – recipe to follow
  • Wasabi Mayonnaise – recipe to follow
  • Baby Mixed Salad Greens or Rustic Ciabatta Roll


  • 1/4 C. Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 C. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 C. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Egg Yolk – pasteurized
  • 2 t. Granulated Garlic
  • 3/4 C. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 C. Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 2 T. Mayonnaise
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper – to taste

Oriental Coleslaw:

  • 1/3 Red Cabbage – thinly shredded
  • 1/2 C. Sugar
  • 2 T. Key Lime Juice – preferably Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice
  • 2 T. Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 t. Chinese Five-Spice Powder
  • 1/2 t. Ginger – ground
  • 2 T. Toasted Sesame Oil

Wasabi Mayonnaise:

  • 1/2 C. Mayonnaise
  • 1 t. Wasabi Powder
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper- to taste


  1. Begin with the marinade.
  2. In a large bowl, add the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, egg yolks, garlic, salt, and pepper; whisk until well blended. Slowly add the olive, canola and sesame oil and whisk until emulsified. Add the mayonnaise and whisk until blended.
  3. Place the tuna steaks in a shallow dish, and pour enough marinade over to coat both sides evenly. Let the tuna sit for 20 to 30 minutes. At this point, prepare the Oriental Coleslaw and the Wasabi Mayonnaise.
  4. In another large bowl, add the sugar, key lime juice, soy sauce, Chinese Five-Spice, and ginger and whisk together. Slowly add the sesame oil. Add the shredded red cabbage. Combine well and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and wasabi powder and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. To assemble the dish, place the salad greens on a plate or grilled ciabatta roll with the seared Tuna Steak on top. Top the steak with the Wasabi Mayo and serve with the Coleslaw on the side. If served on the roll, place the coleslaw on the top of the steak.

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