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!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • With a sharp knife, cut the tuna into 4 large pieces for appetizer portion, 2 large pieces for 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.

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  • Season the 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 the tuna in the pan, and sear on each side for about 45 seconds for small portions, or 1 minute for large. Remove from pan. The tuna will be very rare.

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

Tips

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.

Tips

Do NOT substitute with albacore tuna! It will not taste good!

Nutrition Facts

270.2 calories; 28.7 g protein; 10.4 g carbohydrates; 51.2 mg cholesterol; 406.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2004
This recipe was super quick and easy. The breadcrumb mixture enhanced the flavor of the fish and added a perfect crispiness to the experience. The taste was exquisite. I served the ahi on a bed of freshly cut spinach sprinkled with fresh lime juice and opened up a wonderful bottle of Malborough (New Zealand) 2003 Souvignon Blanc. A side of soy sauce was helpful but not necessary. This recipe lived up to its name. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2007
Olive oil? Are you kidding me? Olive oil has a low temperature smoke point, so using it in this recipe smoked up my entire house. Next time I'll be using grapeseed oil - much higher smoke point. Read More
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113 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2004
This recipe was super quick and easy. The breadcrumb mixture enhanced the flavor of the fish and added a perfect crispiness to the experience. The taste was exquisite. I served the ahi on a bed of freshly cut spinach sprinkled with fresh lime juice and opened up a wonderful bottle of Malborough (New Zealand) 2003 Souvignon Blanc. A side of soy sauce was helpful but not necessary. This recipe lived up to its name. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2007
Olive oil? Are you kidding me? Olive oil has a low temperature smoke point, so using it in this recipe smoked up my entire house. Next time I'll be using grapeseed oil - much higher smoke point. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2004
This recipe was super quick and easy. The breadcrumb mixture enhanced the flavor of the fish and added a perfect crispiness to the experience. The taste was exquisite. I served the ahi on a bed of freshly cut spinach sprinkled with fresh lime juice and opened up a wonderful bottle of Malborough (New Zealand) 2003 Souvignon Blanc. A side of soy sauce was helpful but not necessary. This recipe lived up to its name. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2007
We found Ahi Tuna on sale the day after we had the appetizer out at a pricey restaurant. It was so easy and sooo yummy! We served it with a wasabi soy mixture to dip the pieces into. My only recommendation would be to use parmesan flavored bread crumbs or a mixture of parmesan cheese and bread crumbs because the coating can be a bit dry. It takes practice to get the searing talent down to a science, but once you do you will want to wow your friends with this fancy and inexpensive recipe all the time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2007
This was so awesome I cannot believe I made this. I love ahi but in a restaurant I either get sushi or I get an ahi steak super rare. Either way it's always a "naked" piece of fish. So I was a bit apprehensive about adding the breadcrumbs...but I didn't want my fish to be boring so I did it. I want to make this every nite. I love this. The breadcrumbs get nice and crispy and 45 seconds per side was perfect. Totally recommend this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2006
This was delicious and as quick and easy as a recipe could be. I didn't have Italian seasoned bread crumbs so I sprinkled a little Italian seasoning before using regular bread crumbs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2006
What a tasty and easy recipe! Bought our tuna at Costco and had dinner on the table in 10 minutes! My first time and I will definately make it again... Thank you!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2005
Super easy. Got tuna from Costco. Served as an appetizer & received many oohs and aahs from guests. Cooked perfectly at 45 seconds per side. Recommend wasabi sauce as a dip or drizzle. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2005
This receipe is good. I love Ahi and if you have been to Roy's Restaurant they make a great sauce to accent it. It is made with dijon and soy. It's very spicy. I use a soy and wasabi dip for this to add some heat! Add some chopped cabbage salad on the side for some Asian flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2007
Easy to cook and tastes great. The prep time was 5 minutes and the total cooking time for 2 nice size ahi fillets was about 2 minutes (30 seconds on each side). Read More
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