seared ahi tuna on a cutting board

Seared Ahi Tuna

This incredible seared ahi tuna is marinated in soy sauce, ginger, and lime juice and then coated with sesame seeds. Thank it’s quickly seared so the middle stays nice and rare.

Prep: 45 minutesCook: 2 minutesTotal: 47 minutes
Fat 10 Carbs 4 Protein 46
Yield 4 servings 1x


  • 1.5 lbs. ahi tuna steaks (2 1.5-inch steaks)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


  1. First, place tuna steaks in a large bowl or a plastic bag.
  2. Make ahi tuna marinade and add soy sauce, chili sauce, grated ginger, and lime juice to a small mason jar. Tighten cover and then shake the jar until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture over the ahi tuna steaks.
  3. Seal the plastic bag and place the steaks in the fridge and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Remove ahi tuna steaks from the refrigerator and then remove from the marinade. Pour sesame seeds on a plate and coat every part of both tuna steak with sesame seeds.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the olive oil is fragrant, add one tuna steak to the pan and sear for 30 seconds to 2 minutes on each side.*
  6. Repeat for the second tuna steak.
  7. Let seared tuna steaks rest for 2 minutes and then thinly slice.

Tips & Notes

  • 30 seconds for rare, 1 minute for medium-rare, and 2 minutes for well done.
  • This recipe was updated on July 14, 2019.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe Calories: 289 Sugar: 0 Sodium: 755 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 4 Fiber: 1 Protein: 46
Author: Emily RichterCategory: Fish and SeafoodMethod: Stove TopCuisine: Asian

Keywords: seared ahi tuna steaks

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