Super Easy Seared Ahi Tuna


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!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 pound sashimi grade yellowfin tuna

  • kosher salt to taste

  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

270 Calories
12g Fat
10g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 542mg 12%

* 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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