Six-Minute Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks, It’s Quick and Tasty

So, you’re on the lookout for a dish that’s a breeze to whip up, ridiculously healthy, and tastes like a flavor explosion in your mouth? Well, look no further because we’ve got the dish for you – Six-Minute Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks!

In just six minutes (yes, you read that right), you can transform these yellowfin tuna steaks into crispy, seared perfection on the outside while maintaining that delectable medium-rare goodness on the inside. And trust us, they’re practically bursting with umami flavor!


  • 2 ahi tuna (yellowfin tuna) steaks (about 4 oz. each, 1″ thick – adjust for thinner or thicker steaks)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or olive oil
  • Green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and lime wedges for serving (optional)


  1. Prep Time (1 minute): Pat the ahi tuna steaks dry with a paper towel. Get them ready on a plate or inside a plastic bag.
  2. Marinating Magic (10 minutes – Optional): Mix up the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, honey, kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Pour this delightful concoction over the tuna steaks, ensuring they’re fully coated. Feel free to let them marinate for at least 10 minutes – or go the extra mile and let them soak up the goodness overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat Things Up (5 minutes): Grab a medium skillet, preferably non-stick or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Heat it up until it’s sizzling hot – we’re talking very hot for that perfect sear!
  4. Sear-iously Good (1.5 minutes each side): Add some canola oil to the hot pan and let the tuna steaks sizzle away. Aim for 1 to 1.5 minutes on each side for that dreamy medium-rare. Adjust the time based on your steak’s thickness and your preference for doneness.
  5. Finishing Touch: Transfer your masterpieces to a cutting board. Slice them into 1/2 inch pieces and get creative with the garnishes – green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice are our top picks!

Notes for Your Culinary Adventure:

  • Feel free to experiment with thinner or thicker tuna steaks – just adjust your searing time accordingly.
  • If you’re running low on ingredients (like toasted sesame oil and honey), fear not! A simpler version is always an option.
  • Gluten-free? Opt for gluten-free soy sauce. Going paleo/whole30? Liquid aminos to the rescue!
  • Thinking of grilling? Go for it! About 1 minute per side over hot coals or high heat on a gas grill will do the trick.

So, there you have it – a delightful dish that’s as quick to make as it is to savor. Bon appΓ©tit, and here’s to deliciously speedy cooking adventures!

Images/Source: BowlOfDelicious

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