Seared Ahi tuna recipes are great when you want to eat a "rare" piece of tuna. Yellowfin tuna or Ahi which is dark red in color is typically used for this recipe. And it only takes a few minutes to make.
A really important tip is using a well seasoned cast iron frying pan along with a good quality oil that has a high smoke point.
You can make seared Ahi tuna recipes with a crust to protect delicate fish proteins or make a more "exposed" seared Ahi recipe. Whatever you decide on, be sure to accompany your seared Ahi tuna recipes with a tasty side or a complimentary sauce.
Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna Recipes
Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna Block
1 tsp. "Real" Wasabi Paste
2 Tbsp. Homemade Ponzu Sauce
2 Tbsp. Good Quality Sesame Oil
Enough White & Black Sesame Seeds to Coat Fish
1 heaping tsp. Spicy Paste
1 to 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise (Preferably Homemade)
Juice from 1/2 an Organic Lime
Drizzle of Cold-Pressed Sesame Oil
Big Handful of Organic Baby Greens
Juice of 1/2 an Organic Lime
1 Tbsp. of Cold-Pressed Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Optional: Sea Salt
Whisk wasabi paste, ponzu sauce, and sesame oil together in a glass bowl. Marinate tuna in sauce for a few minutes.
Remove tuna from sauce and roll in sesame seeds to coat all sides of fish.
Sear sesame coated tuna in a well oiled hot pan for less than a minute per side. Remove tuna from heat and let rest.
Make sauce and salad before cutting seared tuna into slices.
Slice tuna and plate - Enjoy!
Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna Recipe with Asian Sauce
Large Ahi Tuna Steak (Sushi Grade Tuna)
Enough Toasted White Sesame Seeds to Coat Fish
Asian Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Organic Ginger (peel & julienne)
1/4 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp. of Japanese Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Liquid Aminos or Low Sodium Traditional Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp.. Organic Fish Sauce
2 tsp. Organic Raw Honey
Let the ginger sit in the lemon juice and vinegar for 10 minutes or so before adding in the other ingredients.
Coat the entire tuna steak with toasted sesame seeds.
In a skillet add 1 tbsp. of high smoke point oil. Then sear tuna on medium high heat for 30 to 50 seconds per side - turn off heat.
Cover pan with lid for a minute or so. Then remove tuna from pan.
Let tuna rest for a few minutes before slicing and plating.
Crusted Seared Salmon Recipe
Sushi Grade Wild Caught Salmon Steak (1 inch thick)
Good Quality Oil
Enough Sesame Seeds to Coat Fish
Spicy Sauce, Pickled Ginger, and Sprouts
Coat salmon in oil and roll in sesame seeds. Then sear salmon in a hot oiled pan for less than a minute on each side.
Remove from heat and let rest a minute or two before slicing.
It might be hard to find really good tuna in some places, so you can also use wild caught salmon instead.
Basically, apply the same techniques that you use with the seared Ahi tuna recipes.
Oil With a Higher Smoke Point
Avocado oil in general has a higher smoke point than olive oil.
The lower grade avocado oils like expeller pressed avocado oil can have a smoke point of 480 to 520F which is much safer when cooking at really high temperatures.
Look for an expeller pressed oil that was mechanically refined without the use of toxic chemicals and with some type of temperature control.
Just like olive oil, avocado oil is very high in healthy monounsaturated fats.
Should You use Olive Oil?
If you are cooking your seared Ahi tuna recipes at very high temperatures - most olive oils will rapidly degrade.
The smoke point of extra virgin olive oils is approximately 320 degrees F.
The smoke point of the virgin olive oils is approximately 420 degrees F.
The smoke point of refined and light olive oils is approximately 465 degrees F.