Seared Ahi Tuna Glazed With Wasabi Butter

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 8 mins

I've always loved wasabi with tuna, but usually the wasabi overpowers such a delicate fish. When this recipe came to me through a friend, who doesn't recall its origins, I finally found the perfect marriage of flavors. I can't make this often enough!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drizzle sesame oil on both sides of each tuna steaks. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly to mix and prevent scorching.
  3. While sauce is heating, heat a heavy frying pan on another burner with high heat. Place tuna in pan and sear until crispy and brown. Turn and sear on the other side.
  4. Note: Tuna steak fans who like their tuna on the rare side (like me) will usually find 2 minutes searing time is ample. Folks who like their tuna steaks more well-done (like my DH) may want to sear their tuna for 4-5 minutes per side.


Most Helpful

This was awesome!!!! I love tuna and this was a restaurant-quality dish. Definitely a great meal to make for guests! I used about 20 oz of tuna, but only made half the sauce....still more than enough and very tasty. We are low carb, but I bet this would be fantastic served with white or jasmine rice. I also coated the tuna in a mixture of black and white sesame seeds before searing and that really made it phenomenal.

pdpnicole March 15, 2009

For a different spin on a terrific recipe - add a tablespoon or two of honey to the sauce while it's heating...Yummmm!

wichrod5275 September 25, 2016

I dislike when people write reviews with significant changes to the recipe ... That being said I made two changes: 1) used lime juice instead of lemon and 2) I made this into a compound butter rather than a hot butter sauce. I mix all of the ingredients thoroughly, sometimes with a mixer, then roll (quarter diameter size) into plastic wrap and chill. We slice the butter compound into small discs and serve in top of the hot seared tuna. Really, really good!

alyssavschaefer May 12, 2016

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