I've got a couple of "fancy" back pocket meals for when I really want to impress guests. This Simple Seared Ahi Tuna just happens to be FULL of protein and atop a tangy veggie salad.
Seared Ahi Tuna is one of my husband's favorite meals that I make. So when I want to have a fun date night in, I'll whip this up and it's done in less than 10 minutes!
Fish is a staple dinner in this house because you know I love to cook healthy! Healthy fish recipes like this seared ahi tuna, salmon spinach pasta, coconut lime shrimp curry, and more are perfect 30-minute weeknight dinners.
This Isn't Like Canned Tuna, Right?
NOPE! Not even close.
This tender tuna recipe is rare to medium-rare in the middle with a crisp outer edge and in one piece. Just as delicious as it is gorgeous!
While on the other hand, canned tuna is flaked apart and fully cooked.
Ahi Tuna Marinade
The most important piece of this recipe is the deceptively easy marinade! It's a mix of...
- soy sauce
- lemon juice
- Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
- Salt + pepper
Whisk all of those ingredients together and you've got yourself a delicious marinade for this tuna! Or chicken and pork would be delicious in this tuna marinade as well.
How To Make Seared Ahi Tuna
If you can put together a simple marinade and heat up a skillet, you can make this restaurant-quality seared ahi tuna recipe.
Its light, yet satisfying and the protein from the tuna will keep you full for hours.
- So start with the marinade!
- Let it soak marinade for up to 6 hours (even overnight would be fine!)
- Then we'll take it to the hot cast iron pan and simply sear it on both sides for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
- Slice and serve!
Where should I get my tuna?
On sale it's usually $7.99-9.99 a pound which means I can feed 4 people this meal for less than $15.00. ?
It is fresh from frozen and normally fish to be eaten raw should be frozen. It kills the kinds of bacteria in fish that can make you sick. However, if you are pregnant or have any other medical condition that prevents you from having raw fish - please consult with a doctor.
What If My Tuna Is Frozen?
To thaw my tuna I simply place it in the refrigerator until defrosted.
It's even ok to start the marinating process while it's not full defrosted. Mine has come out perfect each time!
Why Should I Make This At Home?
It's SO much cheaper. Ordering seared ahi tuna at a restaurant will easily set you back $20. Save yourself the heartache of an expensive salad and stay in your sweats and whip this up for yourself at home.
This is a quick, less than 30 minute meal and is SO delicious and healthy.
It looks FANCY! You will impress guests with this ahi tuna recipe and probably even impress yourself.
What To Serve With Seared Ahi Tuna
This seared ahi tuna recipe is best served over a fresh salad. Homemade or store-bought is fine!
I quite like serving it with Your Taylor Farms Asian Salad mix or with some fresh avocado.
You can also make it into these easy Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos!
Seared Ahi Tuna
- dutch oven or cast iron skillet
- mixing bowl
- baking dish
- 1-1.5 lbs Ahi Tuna Steaks This is usually about 2 large tuna steaks
Ahi Tuna Marinade
- 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Mikes Hot Honey or regular honey
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- Black Sesame seeds for garnish
- In a small bowl combine soy sauce, sesame oil, everything but the bagel seasoning, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and hot honey. Whisk to combine.
- In a shallow dish place your tuna steaks and pour marinade over them. Cover and let sit in the refridgerator for 3-6 hours. The longer the better!
- Take out your tuna and over high heat get 3 tablesoons of coconut oil screaming hot in a cast iron pan. I use a dutch oven because the sides are tall and there is less splatter.
- When the pan is very hot, lay one tuna steak down in the oil. Cook for 45 seconds -1 Minute depending on the level of rareness you like.
- Flip to the other side and cook for an additional 45 seconds to 1 minute.
- Remove from pan and lay on a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes. Repeat with 2nd tuna steak.
- With a serrated knife, cut slices against the grain of the tuna.
- Top with sesame seeds and sliced avocado!