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Tired of spending ten dollars or more for a simple seared ahi tuna appetizer and over thirty dollars for a seared ahi tuna dinner? Well, now you can go to your local fish market, grocery store, or even Costco and pick up some ahi (or yellowfin) tuna and do it yourself. So simple, but so elegant!



Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • With a sharp knife, cut tuna into 4 pieces for an appetizer portion, or 2 large pieces for a dinner portion. Use your judgment on what shape you want to cut your tuna because not all tuna is the same size or shape. However, the shape should somewhat resemble a miniature brick.

  • Season tuna pieces with salt and pepper. Coat lightly on all sides with bread crumbs. Heat olive oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. The pan should be as hot as you can get it. Place tuna in the pan and sear on each side for about 45 seconds for small portions, or 1 minute for large. Remove from the pan. Tuna will be very rare.

  • Slice each piece into 1/4-inch thick slices, and fan out on a serving plate. Enjoy plain, or with condiments of your choice.


When you purchase your ahi or yellowfin tuna, make sure your tuna is bright red or dark pink. If it is maroon or brown, it is not sashimi or grill grade, so it will not be a good candidate for this recipe.

Do not substitute with albacore tuna. It will not taste good.

Nutrition Facts

270 calories; protein 28.7g; carbohydrates 10.4g; fat 12g; cholesterol 51.2mg; sodium 406.2mg. Full Nutrition