Background and History
Seared Ahi Tuna, also known as ‘Ahi Poke’ or ‘Yellowfin Tuna,’ is a popular dish that originated in Hawaii. This dish gained fame worldwide for its fresh, bold flavors and the use of sushi-grade tuna. The word ‘Ahi’ itself is Hawaiian for “tuna.” It’s a simple yet elegant dish that emphasizes the natural flavors of the fish.
- 2 Ahi Tuna Steaks (sushi-grade)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon wasabi paste (optional for a spicy kick)
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds (white or black)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped green onions and lime wedges for garnish
Serves: 2 Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 2-4 minutes
- Start by patting the Ahi Tuna steaks dry with paper towels and season them with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- In a shallow dish, mix together soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, grated ginger, and wasabi paste (if you like it spicy). This will be your marinade and dipping sauce.
- Place the tuna steaks in the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Allow them to marinate for about 10 minutes.
- While the tuna is marinating, heat a non-stick skillet over high heat. Make sure it’s smoking hot.
- Using a pair of tongs, carefully place the tuna steaks in the hot skillet. Sear them for about 1-2 minutes on each side for rare to medium-rare. You’ll see the edges turn white while the center remains pink.
- Remove the tuna from the skillet and let it rest for a minute. This helps to lock in the juices.
- Slice the seared tuna into 1/4-inch thick pieces.
- Drizzle any remaining marinade over the sliced tuna, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and garnish with chopped green onions. Serve with lime wedges on the side.
- Calories: 280
- Protein: 42g
- Fat: 12g
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Sugars: 0.5g
- It’s crucial to use sushi-grade Ahi Tuna to ensure safety and quality.
- You can adjust the searing time to your preference, but Ahi Tuna is best enjoyed rare or medium-rare.
- For extra flavor, you can sprinkle some furikake seasoning on the sliced tuna.
This dish contains soy and sesame, which are common allergens. Be cautious if you have allergies to these ingredients. Additionally, make sure to buy Ahi Tuna from a reputable source to avoid any risk of foodborne illnesses.