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Simple Seared Ahi Tuna

Ahi tuna fillets are lightly seasoned and seared to perfection in this simple recipe. The flavors are Asian inspired and pair perfectly with white rice or a light green salad.


Marinade ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 scallion or green onion, thinly sliced (a few slices reserved for garnish)

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime or lemon juice


  1. Marinate the tuna steaks: Mix the marinade ingredients together and coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

  2. Sear the tuna: Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high to high heat. When the pan is hot, remove the tuna steaks from the marinade and sear them for a minute to a minute and a half on each side.

  3. Slice and serve: Remove from pan and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle with a few slices of scallion.

Serve over white rice, or with a light green salad. Serve with raw carrots, avocado, cilantro and ramen noodles for a more filling meal.


  • Coat the top and bottom of the steak with either sesame seeds or course ground black pepper for a little extra kick.

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