Seared Ahi Tuna Recipes

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.

And you can make seared Ahi tuna recipes with a crust to protect delicate fish protein 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


  • Ahi Tuna
  • Ponzu Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Wasabi Paste
  • White & Black Sesame Seeds

Sauce Ingredients:

  • Spicy Paste
  • Mayonnaise (Preferably Homemade)
  • Good Sesame Oil
  • Lime Juice

Salad Ingredients:

  • Baby Greens
  • Lime Juice
  • Good Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt to Taste


  1. Whisk ponzu sauce, sesame oil, and wasabi paste - then marinate tuna for a few minutes.
  2. Remove tuna and roll in sesame seeds to coat all sides of fish.
  3. Sear sesame coated tuna in a well oiled hot pan for less than a minute per side - then remove tuna and let rest.
  4. Make sauce and salad before cutting seared tuna into slices.
  5. Slice tuna and plate - Enjoy!

Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna with Asian Sauce


  • Ahi Tuna Steak (Sushi Grade)
  • Toasted White Sesame Seeds

Asian Sauce Ingredients:

  • Finely Sliced Ginger
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Japanese Vinegar
  • Liquid Aminos (or Soy Sauce)
  • Fish Sauce
  • Honey (Preferably Organic Raw Honey)


  1. Coat tuna steak with toasted sesame seeds.
  2. Sear tuna on medium high heat for 30 to 50 seconds per side and then turn off heat - cover pan with lid for a minute or so.
  3. Remove tuna from pan.  Let tuna rest for a few minutes before slicing and plating.

Should You use Olive Oil?

Olive oil's smoke point can vary greatly.  It will depend on its grade and how it was processed - which will determine its smoke point.

Extra virgin olive oils can have a pretty low smoke point, but the lower grade olive oils will usually have a higher smoke point (430F).

However, if you are cooking your seared Ahi tuna recipes at high temperatures - most olive oils will rapidly degrade.

Oil with a Higher Smoke Point

Avocado oil in general has a higher smoke point than olive oil. 

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.

And just like with any oil, 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 monounsaturated fats and is pressed from the fruit not the seed.

"Naked" Seared Ahi Tuna Recipes


  • Ahi Tuna Steaks (Sustainable)
  • Olive Oil (or Avocado Oil)
  • Coriander Seeds, Pinch Salt, Fennel Seeds, and Pepper (crush or blend)


Multi-colored Tomato Salad


  1. Cook tuna steaks (3/4 - 1 inch thick) for 1 1/2 minutes on each side in a good quality hot frying pan or griddle.
  2. Remove tuna from heat.  Drizzle with good quality oil and lemon juice.
  3. Let tuna rest for a minute before slicing or tearing open.

Crusted Seared Salmon

It might be hard to find really good tuna in some places, so just use wild caught salmon instead.

Basically, apply the same techniques used with the seared Ahi tuna recipes.


  • Sushi Grade Salmon
  • Good Quality Oil
  • Sesame Seeds


  • Spicy Sauce
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Sprouts


  1. Sear coated salmon in hot oiled pan for a short time on each side.
  2. Remove from heat and let rest a minute or two before slicing.

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