Citrus-Peppercorn Spiked Tuna

Fresh tuna, with its meaty texture and flavor, is like steak: It’s great on its own, but it also welcomes highly seasoned rubs and marinades. In this recipe, a sweet-hot rub adds zesty flavor with little effort.

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 (6- to 8-oz.) tuna steaks (3/4 inch thick)
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil

1. In small bowl, stir together brown sugar, lemon peel, lime peel and paprika. Sprinkle tuna with pepper and salt; sprinkle citrus mixture over tuna, pressing lightly into flesh.

2. Heat heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add oil; heat until hot. Add tuna; cook 4 to 5 minutes for medium-rare or until of desired doneness, turning once.

4 servings

PER SERVING: 290 calories, 12 g total fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 40 g protein, 4 g carbohydrate, 65 mg cholesterol, 215 mg sodium, .5 g fiber