Seared Ahi Tuna with Watercress, Chile, and Ginger Salad


This Thai influenced tuna steak with a light and aromatic salad is ideal for summer.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
2 large servings


  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest

  • ½ fresh red chile pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems and leaves separated

  • 2 (8 ounce) tuna steaks

  • 1 bunch watercress, trimmed

  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ½ fresh red chile pepper, cut into matchsticks


  1. Whisk together the ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Slowly whisk in olive oil until incorporated. Set aside and refrigerate half of this mixture to be used as a salad dressing later. Whisk the garlic, lime zest, minced chile pepper, and cilantro stems into the marinade. Coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover, and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature.

  2. Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is very hot, remove the tuna from the marinade, and place into the skillet. Sear the tuna until golden brown on both sides, and cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium, depending on thickness.

  3. Place the watercress in a large bowl with the cilantro leaves, cherry tomatoes, and sliced chile pepper. Pour in the reserved dressing, and toss to mix. Serve the seared tuna on a bed of salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

565 Calories
30g Fat
17g Carbs
58g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 565
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 890mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 124mg 619%
Calcium 226mg 17%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 1935mg 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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