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.

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

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 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

Salad Ingredients:

  • 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


  1. Whisk wasabi paste, ponzu sauce, and sesame oil together in a glass bowl.  Marinate tuna in sauce for a few minutes.
  2. Remove tuna from sauce 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.  Remove tuna from heat and let rest.
  4. Make sauce and salad before cutting seared tuna into slices.
  5. 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.


  1. Coat the entire tuna steak with toasted sesame seeds. 
  2. 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.
  3. Cover pan with lid for a minute or so.  Then remove tuna from pan. 
  4. 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

Plating Options:

  • Spicy Sauce, Pickled Ginger, and Sprouts


  1. 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.
  2. 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. 

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.

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).

If you are cooking your seared Ahi tuna recipes at very high temperatures - most olive oils will rapidly degrade.

"Naked" Seared Ahi Tuna Recipes


  • Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna Steaks (1 inch thick & sustainably caught)
  • Organic Expeller Pressed Avocado Oil
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Seeds, Pinch Salt, Big Pinch Fennel Seeds, and Pinch of Pepper (crush or blend)


  1. Pat seasoning onto tuna and massage on a little oil.
  2. Cook tuna steaks for 1 1/2 minutes on each side in a good quality hot frying pan or dry griddle pan.
  3. Remove tuna from heat.  Drizzle with good quality olive oil and lemon juice.
  4. Let tuna rest for a minute before slicing or tearing open.

Serve your "naked" tuna with a mixed heirloom tomato salad or serve your seared Ahi with an arugula mixed green salad.

Just be sure not to overcook this seared Ahi tuna recipe!  And you can also use other types of tuna with this recipe.

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