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Pan Seared Ahi Tuna


This ahi tuna recipe is full of seared soy flavors that keep you wanting more!  A simple recipe that takes only minutes to cook!

Pan Seared Ahi Tuna

One of the hobbies that I took an interest in very young in life was fishing.  By the time I was 10, I was going on long-range fishing boats with my father.

We would come back with so much fish we didn’t know what to do with so we bought a smoker and learned how to smoke our own fish.

Turns out, smoked fish became one of my all-time favorite snacks and is where my inspiration for this dish came from.

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My idea was to somehow achieve the same flavors found in smoked fish without sacrificing the time it took to actually smoke it.

I used the same marinade from our family smoked fish recipe and adjusted it to be less salty.  Instead of smoking the fish, I chose to sear it on a frying pan to seal in the soy marinade flavors mixed with the natural profile of ahi tuna.

The result was a dish that has a seared outer layer with a juicy sashimi core bursting with umami flavors!  If you want to make this dish a low-carb/keto meal, just pair it with your favorite side salad or sautéed vegetables!

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For this dish, the special ingredients you would need are Swerve/Monkfruit, Soy Sauce, and Japanese Sake.  All these can be picked up on Amazon and an local Asian Supermarket.

Here is the sake we normally use for reference.  You can substitute the Japanese sake for Dry Sherry if needed.

Now, what are you waiting for?  Let’s get cooking!

Prepping Time 5M

Marination Time 1H

Cooking Time 2M

Total Time 1H7M

Net Carb/Serving ~1g

Servings 2

Ingredients

Tuna

  • 12 oz Yellowfin Tuna (about 2 steak fillets)
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onions

Marinade

  • 2 tsp Japanese Sake (can replace with dry sherry)
  • 1 tbsp Swerve/Monkfruit
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Red Pepper

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Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Grate garlic with a grinder or a garter and set aside.

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3) In a small mixing bowl, add grated garlic, Japanese Sake, Swerve/Monkfruit, Soy Sauce, water and ground red pepper.  Mix well then transfer to a zip lock bag.

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4) Pat dry the ahi steak fillets and then transfer to the zip lock bag, remove any excess air and seal.  Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours, flipping once halfway through.

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5) Once marination is complete, wash off any excess liquid, pat both sides of the tuna steak dry with a paper towel and lightly sprinkle black pepper on both sides.

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6) Finely chop green onions and set aside.

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7) In a large Teflon frying pan, add olive oil on high heat.  Once the oil starts to lightly smoke, about 2-3 minutes, reduce heat to medium high, add tuna and cover.  Cook for 30-45 seconds (~60 seconds if you prefer well medium-well) then flip and cook the other side for 30-45 seconds.   Note – make sure you don’t overcook the steaks, otherwise, it’s going to be extremely tough and rubbery.

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8) Transfer seared ahi steak to a serving plate and sprinkle chopped green onions on top.  Enjoy!

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Pan Seared Ahi Tuna

This ahi tuna recipe is full of seared soy flavors that keep you wanting more! A simple recipe that takes only minutes to cook! We sear it on a frying pan to seal in the soy marinade flavors mixed with the natural profile of ahi tuna! Makes for a perfect meal paired with a side salad or sautéed vegetables!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: Ahi pan fry recipe, how to pan fry tuna, keto fish recipe, low carb fish recipes, seared Ahi, yellowfin tuna steak recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 272kcal

Ingredients

Tuna

  • 12 oz Yellowfin Tuna about 2 steak fillets
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onions

Marinade

  • 2 tsp Japanese Sake can replace with dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp Swerve/Monkfruit
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Red Pepper

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Grate garlic with a grinder or a garter and set aside.
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna
  • In a small mixing bowl, add grated garlic, Japanese Sake, Swerve/Monkfruit, Soy Sauce, water and ground red pepper. Mix well then transfer to a zip lock bag.
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Pat dry the ahi steak fillets and then transfer to the zip lock bag, remove any excess air and seal. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours, flipping once halfway through.
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Once marination is complete, wash off any excess liquid, pat both sides of the tuna steak dry with a paper towel and lightly sprinkle black pepper on both sides.
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna
  • In a large Teflon frying pan, add olive oil on high heat. Once the oil starts to lightly smoke, about 2-3 minutes, reduce heat to medium high, add tuna and cover. Cook for 30-45 seconds (~60 seconds if you prefer well medium-well) then flip and cook the other side for 30-45 seconds.   Note - make sure you don't overcook the steaks, otherwise, it's going to be extremely tough and rubbery.
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Transfer seared ahi steak to a serving plate and sprinkle chopped green onions on top. Enjoy!
    Pan Seared Ahi Tuna

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Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1229mg | Potassium: 790mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2mg

 

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