Recipe by kda949
I wanted a recipe that was similar to the ones I have had a restaurant in the past. I searched the site and found some good sauces for seared ahi- but just not what I was looking for. I found one a lot like I was looking for at Simple Recipes- I tweeked it a bit and I'm posting it here for safe keeping because it was so yummy!! Mind you- it was fresh, wild caught ahi- which can make a difference. I'll let you know how it goes with frozen fish, should I break down and try it (but with two avid ocean fisherman in the neighborhood hood, it will be a desperate move!)
Top Review by Rachel M.
delicious!!! I also add half a jalapeno and two handfuls of finely chopped cilantro leaves to the marinade. The cilantro makes such a difference and I wouldn't make this recipe without it. Like another commenter said, I usually double the marinade recipe for better coverage and then use the extra to drizzle over my green beans and steamed rice (I prefer basmati rice for this recipe). I only cook my ahi tuna for about a minute on each side, which is perfect for my tastes as I like the middle rare.
- 2 (6 -8 ounce) ahi tuna steaks (3/4 of an inch thick)
- 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced (a few slices reserved for garnish)
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon lime juice (optional)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
- fresh cracked pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, green onion and lime juice in a non metal bowl. Add ahi and coat , cover tightly, and refrigerate for about an hour.
- Toast the sesame seeds in a pan until light brown (I prefer a blend of white and black sesame seeds- the black ones are hard to find, try an asian market). Remove seeds and allow to cool on a flat plate (you will use this plate to dredge the tuna in)- add cracked pepper.
- Add olive oil to a skillet and allow it to get HOT.
- Dredge the ahi in the sesame seeds and pepper to coat and add to the hot pan.
- Cook only two or three minutes on each side so that the ahi is seared on the outside and rare on the inside.
- Serve with white rice and green beans that have been either roasted or cooked and drizzled with sesame oil. Sprinkle any extra sesame seeds over the top.
- garnish with remaining green onion and ENJOY!