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Seared Ahi Tuna | The Recipe Critic


Seared Ahi Tuna | The Recipe Critic


Ahi Tuna is a restaurant favorite that’s easier to make at home than you think! It’s quick and healthy – great for something a little different on a weeknight.

If you love seafood, try this Shrimp CocktailBrown Butter Lemon SalmonBaked Sesame Teriyaki Salmon, or these Easiest Crab Cakes.

seared ahi tuna cut up and plated

Ahi Tuna Recipe

Hi everyone! Natasha here from Salt & Lavender. I hope your 2020 is getting off to a great start. I’m so happy that January is now over! I think most people can relate. I’ve been craving fresh and healthier foods lately, and this easy ahi tuna recipe definitely fits the bill. If you’re a fish or sushi fan or you’re just curious about how to make this gorgeous fish, you should give it a try!

I gave an Asian-inspired spin to this recipe with the dipping sauce and sesame seeds. I hope you’ll love it!

What is ahi tuna?

Yellowfin and bigeye tuna are both marketed as ahi tuna. You can buy them as “steaks” – I recommend buying ones that are about 0.75″-1″ thick for this recipe. You can buy frozen tuna steaks from most quality grocery stores and thaw them in the fridge, or try going to a fish market and getting fresh ones.

raw ahi tuna steaks

How to cook ahi tuna steaks

  1. Prepare the sauce by mixing together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and fresh ginger;
  2. Season both sides of the tuna steaks with salt & pepper;
  3. Sear them in a VERY hot skillet for 45 sec – 1 minute per side;
  4. Serve them with the suggested scallions, sauce, and sesame seeds.

So easy!

ahi tuna in a skillet

Why is ahi tuna cooked to rare?

This variety of fish should not be overcooked because it will dry out and not taste as good. Searing the outside kills bacteria, but you should always ensure that you’re using sushi-grade fish since the middle is left raw. If you prefer to cook it more medium-rare, add on an extra 30 seconds or so per side, but watch it carefully – once you overcook it, you can’t go back.

What to serve with ahi tuna

You can use the suggested sauce, sesame seeds, and scallions, or keep it simple and eat it by itself (or dip it in soy sauce). It’s also delicious added to salads. Rice goes fabulously with it as well.

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seared ahi tuna cut up and plated

Seared Ahi Tuna

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Author Natasha Bull

Servings 2

Ahi Tuna is a restaurant favorite that’s easier to make at home than you think! It’s quick and healthy – great for something a little different on a weeknight.

  • 2 ahi tuna steaks
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Sesame seeds (optional, to taste)
  • Chopped scallions (optional, to taste)


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • My ahi tuna steaks were about 1″ thick and I cooked them for 1 minute/side. 
  • Be sure to use sushi-grade ahi tuna for taste and food safety reasons.
  • I like to keep fresh ginger in the freezer because it’s easier to grate, and I always have some on-hand that way.

Nutrition Facts

Seared Ahi Tuna

Amount Per Serving

Calories 416 Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 4g20%

Cholesterol 65mg22%

Sodium 1331mg55%

Potassium 486mg14%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 42g84%

Vitamin A 3711IU74%

Calcium 19mg2%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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