How to make seared ahi tuna

Delicious seared tuna

M treats me to an amazing seared tuna one evening. I immediately announce that we need to feature it as a recipe that we love. It’s so simple and so delicious. He cooks the fish a little more for the kids and they love it too. We have some left over and eat it in a salad the next day. Just perfect.


Fresh or Frozen Ahi Tuna steaks (since seared Tuna is partially raw it is crucial to have good tuna). I used frozen wild Ahi Tuna from Trader Joes.

3 tbs sesame Seed oil

1 tbs mustard (preferably one with a bit of kick to it)

3 tbs soy sauce (we use gluten free)

1 tbs finely chopped cilantro

Optional: 3 tbs sesame seeds (if you want that restaurant look)

salt & pepper

How to make

1. Stir sesame seed oil, soy sauce, mustard, cilantro, salt and pepper together in a small bowl, ensure it is properly mixed.

2. Poor the mix on a flat(ish) plate and let the tuna steaks swim in the mix for 2-3 min each, ensure you let both sides hang out with the mix.

3. Sear (basically fry lightly) the tuna steaks in a very hot pan, use some olive oil in the pan to keep it from sticking. For best result let the steaks fry for 30 – 45 seconds (depending on thickness of steak) on each side.

4. Move to cutting board and slide in 1/2 inch thick slices. Serve on a bed of rice noodles, salad or just on its own as a starter.

TIP: The kids preferred the steaks that had been cooked for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side which makes the middle less sushi-like.


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