One of my favorite meals is Rare Ahi Tuna. I crave this dish from my favorite restaurant but it’s so expensive. It’s served with an asian slaw and wasabi mash potatoes which really add to the flavor. I recently ran across a hand written recipe for a Tuna Marinate and I decided to give it a try. In addition, I’ve been perfecting the sides as well.
Here is the marinate recipe for The Best Seared Rare Ahi Tuna
Seared Rare Ahi Tuna & Marinate
Easy Delicious Rare Tuna Recipe
- ¼ cup Lime Juice
- ¼ cup Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
- ⅛ cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1½ tsp minced garlic
- ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro
- ½ tsp Jalapeno Salt
- 2 Ahi Tuna Steaks
- 2 tsp Balsamic Glaze
Mix first 5 ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Place Tuna Steaks in a zip lock bag and pour mixture over the Tuna. Seal
Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours prior to cook time.
Just prior to cooking, sprinkle Jalapeno Salt over the Tuna Steaks.
Heat searing burner. Place Tuna Steaks on Burner for approx. 1 1/2 minutes per side.
Removed from heat and serve immediately. Drizzle the Balsamic Glaze over the Ahi Tuna Steaks once they are on the plate.
Tuna Steaks will be crispy on the outside and rare on the inside.
Note: If you don't have a searing, another option is to sear the Tuna Steaks in a Cast Iron Skillet. Heat Skillet until very hot and sear Tuna approx. 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Due to limited space, cooking time may be extended by another 3-4 minutes.
Serving Size1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 260Unsaturated Fat 0g
Marinate Tuna for 1-2 hours
I love making this recipe when I have fresh herbs. Fortunately Fresh Cilantro is fairly easy to purchase in the grocery store year round. Don’t skip the Cilantro because it really adds to the tuna flavor. A good quality Balsamic Vinegar is also recommended.
I like to use a Zip Lock bag to marinate the tuna. You can use a dish with a lid if you prefer.
Ready to Sear
Add a sprinkle of Jalapeno Salt to each tuna steak just before you are ready to sear it.
Cooking Options for The Best Seared AhiTuna
Because I’m married to The Grill Master, LOL, we have all sorts of cooking equipment. His grill is equipped with a searing burner and this is his preferred cooking method It was necessary to refer to him for this next part.
You should preheat your searing burner and then place the Tuna Steaks on the burner for approx. 1 1/2 minutes per side. Promptly remove and serve.
Cast Iron Skillet
If you don’t have a searing burner, a cast iron skillet is another great option. Be sure the skillet is very hot and sear the tuna steaks as above.
These instructions are for rare tuna and you will see a crispy outside and a rare pink center. Asian Slaw and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes really compliment the Tuna.
Easy Asian Slaw
Easy to make slaw with an Asian flair.
- 1 bag cabbage slaw mixture, Or Small Head of Cabbage Chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- ½ tbsp salt
- ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds, Optional
Mix all ingredients (except toasted sesame seeds)
Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours
Add optional toasted sesame seeds just before serving.
Excellent served with Sear Ahi Tuna and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
Serving Size1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 178Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 1mgSodium 771mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 2g
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Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes with a twist. A touch of Wasabi makes these a perfect side dish for Ahi Tuna.
- 4-6 Red Potatoes, Small to Medium in size
- 4 tbsp Butter
- ½ tbsp Wasabi Paste
- 1 tbsp Sour Cream
- Salt, To taste
- Pepper, To taste
Wash and Cut Potatoes into small chunks leaving the peal on.
Cover with water and boil until soft.
Drain water and return potatoes to hot pot
Add butter, sour cream & wasabi
Roughly mash potato mixture to desired smoothness.
Add Salt and Pepper to taste.
Recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
Serving Size1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g
Ooops, I forgot to drizzle the tuna with the Balsamic Reduction. However, it does make it look really pretty and tastes great.
Wednesday 8th of July 2020
This looks really yummy and a great dish to serve when company comes. I've cooked ahi tuna at home before, but can't remember if I marinated it or for how long, so thanks for the recipe.
Will need to check out the sides to go with it!
Thursday 9th of July 2020
Thanks so much Rachelle! It is really complimented by the sides.