Tuna has left behind its days as the star of a mayo-heavy salad to become one of American chefs favorite ingredients. It’s easy to see why: tuna has a meaty, extra flavorful flesh that is equally delicious raw, cured, grilled, or seared in a pan. A few minutes on the grill is enough to cook tuna; thinly slice the fillet and serve it over your favorite salad or under your favorite sauce. Even tuna salad has got a makeover: our updated tuna salads use quality canned tuna and punchy vinaigrettes to make an array of healthy, delicious dishes that you won’t want to hide between two slices of bread. Whether you’re using a fresh fillet or a can, the F&W guide to tuna has quick weeknight recipes, grilling tips, and more.

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Seared Tuna Tiradito

At Cabra in Chicago, 2011 BNC alum Stephanie Izard channels her love of Peruvian cusine to deliver inspired takes on traditional ceviche and tiradito. At the restaurant, Izard dresses raw sushi-grade tuna steak with a creamy Kewpie mayonnaise-laced sauce, thinned with lime and orange juices, and studded with spicy serrano chiles. For a twist, try giving the tuna a quick sear in a screaming hot skillet to add another layer of complexity to the dish

Tuna-Avocado Ceviche with Salsa Macha

Salsa macha is the kind of condiment that stops you in your tracks and as soon you taste it. It also shatters your expectations of what you think Mexican food can be.Directly translated into English, it means “brave salsa.” It’s olive oil. It’s toasted smoky chiles. It’s toasted nuts and seeds. It’s fried garlic. The sum of all these delicious parts is a convenient and crunchy salsa that virtually never goes bad and tastes amazing on pretty much anything it touches: quesadillas, tacos, Mexican-style street corn, salad, pizza, crusty bread, and seafood. It’s Mexico’s answer to the infused olive oils of Italy and the fiery chile oils of Asia.You can experience this unique salsa in Mexico City at street food stands and in nut-growing regions like Michoacán, where macadamias are added to the mix. While it’s traditionally a very spicy salsa, we like to temper the heat just a bit so we can taste the grassy qualities of the good olive oil (we love a buttery Arbequina variety). The beautiful thing about this salsa is that once you get the ratios down, you can experiment with other nuts, seeds, and chiles. It’s also great because you can make it any time of the year, unlike tomato salsas that only taste their best during peak season.When you add a couple of spoonfuls to cubed raw fish, salsa macha is a game changer that transforms an everyday ceviche into an extraordinary dish. Paola created this recipe as a heartier way of getting her ceviche fix during a weekend getaway in the desert with friends. She grew up eating salsa macha at her grandfather’s restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, where it is spooned over butterflied, wood-roasted whole fish. I love the meaty tuna that she uses in this recipe—it stands up to the boldness of the salsa. This ceviche is great on top of tostadas or eaten like poke as an appetizer. And the best part is that you can make the salsa ahead of time, and just stir it together with the remaining ingredients just before you’re ready to eat. But no matter what you serve it on, once you make and taste your first salsa macha, it will earn its place in the corner of your fridge forever.

Loaded Poke Bowls with Furikake Granola

OK, so the ingredient list is long, but this recipe is full of make-ahead moments that make it extra-easy to prep in advance, like the Furikake Granola (a total flavor explosion!) and the effortless quick-pickled veggies. If you’re missing a few items on this list, take a field trip to your local Asian market to stock your pantry; there’s a world of exciting ingredients waiting that will revive your weeknight cooking routine.

Tuna Recipes

These terrific recipes include grilled niçoise tuna steaks and mustard-seared tuna with shallot cream.

Atún Encebollado (Tuna Smothered in Onions)

Despite its 3,000-year history of catching wild bluefin tuna, Spain’s tuna culture has largely been limited to canned and salted tuna products. This luscious dish, a staple of southern Spain, is one of the exceptions. Slideshow: More Tuna Recipes 

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Empanada Gallega with Tuna

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This large empanada pie hails from Galicia. It’s filled with a delectable and savory mix of tuna, peppers, olives, tomatoes and paprika. Slideshow: More Empanada Recipes 

What You Should Know About Buying Canned Tuna

It’s as simple as picking the brand you like right off the shelf, right? Not quite.

Tuna Steak Recipes

Here, our favorite ways to cook tuna steaks, from a pan-seared tuna steak with ginger vinaigrette to grilled Niçoise tuna.