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4.88 from 8 votes

Seared Ahi Tuna Recipe

The perfect seared ahi tuna recipe with a delightful sesame crust, a playful wasabi mayo and a salty-sweet mirin dipping sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Scott G

Ingredients

For the Wasabi Mayo

  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise store bought works fine
  • 2 TBSP Heavy Cream
  • 2-3 TSP Wasabi Powder depending on how spicy you like
  • 1/2 TSP Braggs Liquid Aminos Or soy sauce
  • 1/2 TSP Honey

For the Mirin Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Braggs Liquid Aminos Or soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 TBSP Mirin Sweet Wine
  • 1 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Pickled Ginger Juice
  • 1 TSP Raw Honey
  • 1 TSP Minced Green Onion

For the Seared Ahi Tuna

  • 1 LB Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna
  • 2 TBSP White Sesame Seeds
  • 2 TBSP Black Sesame Seeds
  • 3 TBSP Olive or Grapeseed Oil

Instructions

For the Wasabi Mayo

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix well with a fork to incorporate. If you have a squeeze bottle, pour into the bottle and decorate the plate.

For the Mirin Dipping Sauce

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix well with a fork to incorporate. Set aside.

For the Seared Ahi Tuna

  • Mix the sesame seeds on a plate. Lay the tuna on the seeds and press. Repeat on all sides including the ends.
  • Heat a heavy bottom, stainless steel pan over high heat. Add the oil. When it is shimmering, but not yet smoking, carefully add in the sesame crusted tuna.
  • Cook on each side for 20-30 seconds. When you flip, make sure you flip to a section of the pan that wasn't just cooked on. It will be hotter and create a nice crunchy sear. Make sure to sear the ends as well!
  • Remove from the heat and slice in 1/4" slices. Serve with the Wasabi Mayo, Mirin Dipping Sauce and some pickled ginger. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal