Seared Tuna with an Asian Marinade. Seared blue fin tuna slightly cooked on the outside, and sushi grade on the inside. Topped with sesame seeds, green onions, and an Asian flavored inspired marinade. The flavors are unreal, like absolutely unreal. The marinade mixed with the fresh tuna is just perfectly complimented and the marriage between the slightly cooked and sushi grade tuna is divine. This is an excellent weeknight meal that the whole family will love. All you have to do is get your hands on some delicious, fresh tuna!
I am very fortunate and get sushi grade tuna fresh off the boat quite often during tuna season. My brother frequents on tuna trips and knows I am always one of the first calls when there's some meat to give out. Nate and I prefer to eat the meat sushi grade over cooked so the first few days after we get it, we basically live on a strict sushi, poke, and seared tuna diet. Might be a little extreme, but we sure do love our sushi grade tuna and don't let any go to waste!
Every time we get tuna, I try to find a new recipe I can create with it. This one might just be one of my favorites I've come up with yet. It is absolutely delicious and the flavors create the perfect marriage.
Ingredients for Seared Tuna with an Asian Marinade:
For the tuna:
- Blue fin sushi grade tuna
- sesame seeds
- green onions
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
For the marinade:
The Steps to make Seared Tuna with an Asian Marinade:
- To start, heat up olive oil in the cast iron skillet to medium high heat.
- Coat the tuna steak in some salt and pepper. Once the oil is heated up, sear 4 sides of the tuna leaving two un-seared.
- Chop the green onions and sprinkle the tuna in sesame seeds and green onions.
- Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, Sriracha sauce, and red pepper flakes. Pour lightly over the seared tuna. Add more cracked pepper on top if desired and enjoy!
Do I have to use blue fin tuna?
Nope! Ahi tuna is another great choice which is a yellow fin tuna! I don't personally notice a huge difference between blue fin and ahi tuna, but I know ahi is typically the choice for sushi and eating it seared.
Where do I get fresh tuna?
You can contact your local seafood market to ask if they have sushi grade tuna. Make sure you ask how old the fish is and when it was caught. The tuna is really only considered sushi grade for 3 days after it is caught.
What are some other delicious tuna recipe I could try similar to this Seared Tuna with an Asian Marinade?
My Herby Tuna and Spinach Melt is a delicious tuna recipe to try with any extra tuna you might have!
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Seared Tuna with an Asian Marinade
- Cast Iron Skillet
- Fillet Knife
- Mixing Bowl
For the Tuna
- 1 lb sushi grade tuna
- ¼ cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
For the Marinade
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoon green onions chopped
- 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Heat up olive oil in the cast iron skillet.
- Even out the tuna filet so that it is in the shape of a rectangle.
- Add salt and pepper the the tuna filet.
- Sear 4 sides of the tuna filet for about 20-30 seconds each.
- Remove the filet from the cast iron and slice into thin slices.
- Mix together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, Sriracha sauce, and red pepper flakes.
- Chop green onions.
- Sprinkle sesame seeds and green onions over the slices of tuna.
- Drizzle the marinade over the slices of tuna and enjoy!
So delicious!!! I didn't have any sesame oil on hand, so I used pumpkin seed oil and it was amazing!!!
So happy you loved it!