This Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks recipe only takes a few minutes to take a few minutes to prepare. These ahi tuna steaks are seared to medium-rare creating the perfect crust on the outside and an inside that explodes with succulent umami flavour.
This meal can be cooked in under ten minutes which makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner or a date night. Cooking ahi tuna steaks is easy. This recipe is simply delectable and can even be used to make baked ahi tuna steak or grilled ahi tuna steaks.
What Is Ahi Tuna?
Ahi tuna is a class of tuna typically found in tropical waters and is separated into two species: big eye and yellow fin. Ahi tuna texture and flavour closely resembles blue fin tuna and is preferred because it is less expensive than blue fin tuna.
Seared tuna steaks are very different from canned tuna. The whole ahi tuna is fabricated into a beautiful steak with a deeply rich color that holds its shape unlike other species of fish that are prone to flaking. Ahi is taking the world by storm because of its flavour and health benefits.
Health Benefits Of Ahi Tuna
Ahi tuna is rich in Omega 3 acids and vitamin B12. Omega 3 fatty acids play a crucial role in cell membranes all over the body and they influence the role of cell receptors in cell membranes. They act as a jump-off point for homes that control blood clotting, inflammation, and the contracting and relaxing of arterial walls.
Vitamin B12 is responsible for keeping your body's nerve and blood cells healthy in addition to the creation of DNA. Vitamin B12 is also responsible for stopping certain individuals from developing Megaloblastic anemia, a disease that drains people of their energy and makes them feel weak.
Is It Really Safe To Eat Raw Fish?
I know what you’re thinking, it's raw fish it can't be safe to eat! Here's the interesting thing, most of these bacteria are killed during the searing process making the ahi safe to consume. This means you won't have worried about being exposed to bacteria and possibly contracting food poisoning.
Raw Ahi Tuna is safe to eat, but if you prefer a well-done steak it is perfectly fine. Tuna steaks are generally served seared on the exterior and uncooked on the inside. Almost all ahi tuna steak recipes are cooked this way. Most restaurants cook ahi tuna steaks to medium-rare, but if you are still skeptical about raw fish you can request a well-done tuna steak. Keep in mind well-done tuna steaks can be a little dry similar to the canned stuff. When tuna steaks are cooked to medium-rare the outside develops a beautiful crispy salty delicious crust and an inside that is succulent, silky, and tender.
How To Cook Ahi Tuna Steaks
Because the steaks are cooked to medium-rare the cooking time is very fast. Marinate the tuna steaks in a delicious mix of olive oil, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Marinate the steaks for at least 10 minutes or overnight so ahi can absorb all of those beautiful flavours.
Fish tends to cling to the surface of the pan, be sure to sear your steaks in a nonstick skillet or a seasoned cast iron skillet. Since ahi tuna steaks are usually 1 /2 inches thick it takes about two minutes to sear per side.
It is of the utmost importance to let the skillet get extremely hot before you add the fish to the pan. Place the pan over a medium-high flame for 4-5 minutes to ensure the pan is hot. This helps the outside of the fish to cook quickly while the inside of the steak remains raw. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes before slicing and you will have the perfect Ahi tuna steak that is crispy and delicious.
How To Thaw Ahi Tuna Steaks
Ahi tuna steaks can be thawed in the refrigerator. To thaw steaks in the fridge, place the tuna in the original vacuum-sealed package on a plate. Place the plate in the fridge and defrost for 24 hours. If the package's seal is broken, remove the fish from the covering and tightly wrap it in plastic wrap and transfer the plate to the refrigerator.
Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks
This quick ahi steak recipe takes little to no time to prepare. These steaks are seared until a beautiful crispy crust forms on the outside and the inside is cooked to a beautiful red medium-rare.
Prep Time:1 min | Cook Time: 5 mins | Optional Marinating Time:10 mins or overnight | Total Time:6 mins | Servings: 2 servings | Calories: 334 kcal
- 2 ahi tuna steaks (about 4 oz. each, at least 1 1/2 inches thick)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil or olive oil
- Pat the ahi tuna steaks dry using a paper towel. Place the fish on a plate or inside a zip-lock bag.
- Whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, granulated sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper until the sugar crystals have dissolved.
- Pour the marinade over the ahi tuna steaks and turn over to coat completely. Let them marinate for at least 10 minutes, or up to overnight in the refrigerator to really allow those flavours to develop.
- Heat a medium non-stick or cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat until the pan is scorching hot, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the oil to the pan, then add the steaks to the pan. Sear the ahi tuna steaks for 2 minutes per side to get a medium-rare temperature.
- Transfer the tuna to a cutting board and let the steaks rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steaks into 1/2 inch pieces. Serve whole or sliced thinly over a salad, rice or your favourite side dish and enjoy!
Calories: 334 kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.5g | Protein: 41.1g | Fat: 15.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1548mg | Potassium: 43mg | Sugar: 6.3g | Vitamin D: 0mcg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Ahi tuna is one of the easiest and fastest meals to cook. Seared to a golden brown colour on the inside and cooked to a silky, succulent medium-rare on the inside meal is the perfect way to spice up a weeknight or date night dinner.