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How to Sear the Perfect Tuna

Celebrity chef Paula Hankin serves up quick tips on preparing this tricky fish.

At 30 grams of lean protein per 3.5-ounce serving, tuna makes the perfect muscle-building meal. Problem is, most guys tend to overcook their fish for fear of undercooking it. The trick, according to celebrity chef Paula Hankin from Clueless in the Kitchen, is to not skimp out on the tuna. "Sushi-grade Ahi is the way to go," Hankin says. A quality piece of tuna needs only a sprinkling of salt and pepper on both sides. Preheat a tablespoon of olive oil in a 10-12 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place the tuna in the skillet (you should hear it sizzle), then wait for a crust to form (about 2-3 minutes) before gently flipping over to cook for another 2-3 minutes. This should result in a perfectly-crusted tuna with a medium-rare middle. Slice the tuna and serve on top of salad, or with a side of mashed avocado mixed with a little low-sodium soy sauce (for an Asian flair), or alongside roasted green beans.

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