Seared Ahi Tuna – The Cookie Rookie®

Fresh ahi tuna with a coating of black and white sesame seeds makes this pan seared Ahi Tuna a delicious and filling meal that’s ready in just 15 minutes! This easy tuna steak recipe includes blanched asparagus for an all around quick and healthy lunch option.

sesame seared Ahi Tuna on a plate of asparagus

Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna

For a flavorful meal of restaurant quality that you can make in your own kitchen, check out this Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna! Serve them as steaks, or slice them up to serve on salads or in a poke bowl.

This delicious ahi tuna recipe is the perfect dish to make for special occasions or just everyday cooking!

Why You’ll Love this Seared Ahi Tuna Recipe:

  • Flavorful: With the simplicity of this recipe, you’ll be surprised at the buttery taste of this seared tuna!
  • Quick and Easy: This recipe includes a breakdown of simple instructions for making gorgeous ahi tuna steaks!
  • Healthy and Delicious: This Seared Ahi Tuna recipe includes asparagus and arugula, but it would also be great alongside other veggies such as green beans.

Friends and family will be amazed when you make them this beautiful and flavor-filled recipe! This recipe is all about using fresh and simple ingredients that add to the quality of the dish.

drizzling dressing over seared Ahi Tuna salad

How to Sear Ahi Tuna

You can jump to the recipe card for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Add the seasoned, coated raw ahi tuna to a hot skillet.
  2. Cook according to the recipe instructions then set aside to rest.
  3. Blanch the asparagus and set aside.
  4. On a cutting board, cut the tuna into thin slices and cut the avocado into squares and set aside.
  5. Add arugula to a bowl or plate then layer on avocado and tuna.
  6. Make the dressing in a small bowl and drizzle over the salad. Serve as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Only use sushi-grade ahi (aka yellowfin or Saku) tuna.
  • If using frozen tuna, be sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before searing.
  • Use a heavy, large stainless steel or cast-iron skillet, not a non-stick pan.
  • Get the pan smoking hot before adding the tuna. This will create the perfect sear. To test if the pan is hot enough, add a drop of water to the pan. If it sizzles and skips across the surface of the pan, it is ready.
  • Don’t move the fish around in the pan. Let it sit until it develops a nice sear and naturally releases from the pan, then flip.
  • Don’t overcook the tuna. For a 1-2 inch thick tuna steak, cooking will only take about 1½ minutes per side.
how to sear ahi tuna step by step photo instructions
What is the best tuna for seared ahi tuna?

You should always use fresh or flash-frozen, sushi-grade ahi (yellowfin) tuna.

Is it safe to eat raw tuna?

Yes! As long as the tuna smells sweet and not fishy, ​​is fresh or flash-frozen, and is sushi-grade, it is perfectly safe to eat raw. If your local grocery store sells sushi, they will likely carry sushi-grade yellowfin.

What does seared ahi tuna taste like?

Seared ahi tuna tastes mild and slightly sweet. It should not taste fishy. It will have a firm, buttery texture.

Is seared ahi tuna healthy?

Ahi tuna contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce cholesterol and improve heart health. It does, however, also contain small amounts of mercury, so it should be consumed in moderation as part of a healthy diet.

Serving Suggestions

You can make this seared ahi tuna along with the salad in the recipe card, or just make the fish and serve it with any of these ideas.

  • White rice, brown rice, or quinoa.
  • Other types of mixed greens and veggies.
  • Asian cucumber salad
  • A plate of rice noodles.
  • A side of dipping sauce for the ahi steaks, such as soy sauce or coconut aminos or wasabi paste.
  • An additional drizzle of lime juice or sesame oil.
  • A sprinkling of sliced ​​green onions.

If you’re unsure where to get quality tuna for this recipe, check out your local fish market or the meat and seafood section of your local grocery store.

Ahi Tuna with asparagus and avocado, on speckled white dish

Storage Instructions

Ahi tuna, as with all raw fish, is best consumed on the day it is prepared. Store leftover seared ahi tuna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. I do not recommend freezing seared ahi tuna.

Grilling Instructions

Two grill ahi tuna steaks instead of searing in a pan…

  1. Preheat your grill on high to at least 500°F.
  2. Season the tuna all over with the Dijon mustard and sesame seeds.
  3. Grill for 30-60 seconds per side, or until 115°F internally.

Make It A Meal

Serve seared ahi tuna with the optional salad, as shown in the recipe card, or serve it with:

Tips for Perfect Seared Ahi Tuna

  • Only use sushi-grade ahi (aka yellowfin or Saku) tuna.
  • If using frozen tuna, be sure to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before searing.
  • Use a heavy, large stainless steel or cast-iron skillet, not a non-stick pan.
  • Get the pan smoking hot before adding the tuna. This will create the perfect sear. To test if the pan is hot enough, add a drop of water to the pan. If it sizzles and skips across the surface of the pan, it is ready.
  • Don’t move the fish around in the pan. Let it sit until it develops a nice sear and naturally releases from the pan, then flip.
  • Don’t overcook the tuna. For a 1-2 inch thick tuna steak, cooking will only take about 1½ minutes per side.
seared Ahi Tuna with green veggies

This Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna recipe will satisfy any sushi lover. It’s a no-brainer as a healthy and delicious meal that any home cook can make.

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