Seared Yellowfin Tuna Tataki

Seared yellowfin tuna tataki is gently seared on the outside with a rare center on the inside and topped with a tangy citrus soy dressing.  This delicious healthy recipe can be topped on a bed of greens for the ultimate lunch or dinner!

Why pay high restaurant prices when you can make this appetizing dish in the comfort of your own kitchen?  Follow along and you will learn just how easy it is to make this flavorful, appetizing and healthy seared yellowfin tuna tataki recipe.

Japanese style seared yellowfin tuna tataki served on a white plate with a side salad.

What is this Seared Yellowfin Tuna Tataki recipe?

This recipe is made by gently searing a yellowfin tuna steak on all sides while leaving the center of the fish rare.  It is then topped with a citrus soy dressing that not only goes amazingly with the tuna but also as dressing on top of your favorite greens.

What is ahi yellowfin tuna and it is safe to eat raw?

Yellowfin tuna is a species of tuna that live in sub-tropical warmer waters. Compared to bluefin tuna or bigeye tuna, the meat is leaner and lighter in color.

Yellowfin tuna or ahi are perfectly safe to consume raw as long as they are handled and packaged with care.  This is indicated on the packaging labeled as ‘sashimi grade’.

What ingredients are needed and what are the instructions to sear yellowfin tuna?

  • Ahi Yellowfin Tuna Steak (sashimi grade)
  • Green Onion
  • Toasted Sesame Seed (optional)
  • Ginger
  • Ponzu
  • Sesame Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Togarashi (substitute with cayenne pepper)
  • Lemon Juice

Grill tuna steaks 20-30 seconds per side, making sure not to overcook.  Once cooled, pour citrus soy dressing and serve.

What is ponzu?

Ponzu is one of the staples of Japanese condiments.  It is soy sauce infused with flavors of lemon, vinegar and dashi. It’s a perfect base sauce to complement seafood, beef, and vegetables.

Japanese style seared yellowfin tuna tataki served on a white plate with a side salad, top down.

Does this tuna tataki recipe use a marinade?

Typically with tataki, the flavor comes from the sauce that is poured over the sliced tuna rather than using a marinade.

Can you sear this in a pan instead of on the BBQ?

Yes!  Use a cast iron skillet with neutral cooking oil on high and sear for 15-20 per side of fish.

What kind of side goes well with seared tuna?

  • Green salad
  • Steamed Rice
  • Cauliflower Rice with Lemon
  • Side of Grilled, Steamed, or Boiled Veggies

What is the nutrition information for this seared yellowfin tuna recipe?

  • 192 Calories
  • 2g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 33g Protein
  • 5g Fat
  • 61mg Cholesterol
  • 579mg Sodium
  • 330mg Potassium
  • 36mg Calcium
  • 3mg Iron
  • 194ui Vitamin A
  • 2mg Vitamin C

Japanese style seared yellowfin tuna tataki served on a white plate with a side salad being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

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Now, let’s get making this Seared Yellowfin Tuna Tataki recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Cooking Time 5M
  • Total Time 10M
  • Net Carb/Serving ~2g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

Tuna

Sauce

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Finely chop green onions and set aside.

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3) Grind ginger down with a grinder or a garter and set aside.

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4) In a small mixing bowl, add grated ginger, Ponzu, Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Togarashi and Lemon Juice.  Mix together and set aside.

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5) Pat both sides of the tuna steak dry with a paper towel and set aside.

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6) Preheat grill to 400F+ (up to 500F if your grill can handle it).  Once the grill is preheated, place tuna steaks on the grill and cover.  Grill for 20-30 seconds per side just to sear the outside.  Inside should have sashimi like texture.  Note – make sure you don’t overcook the steaks, otherwise it’s going to be extreme tough and rubbery.

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7) Transfer grilled steak and let it rest until room temperature (about 1-2 minutes).  Once cooled, pour sauce to liking, followed by chopped green onions and Toasted Sesame Seed.   Enjoy!

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Seared Yellowfin Tuna - Tataki

Seared yellowfin tuna tataki is gently seared on the outside with a rare center on the inside and topped with a tangy citrus soy dressing. This delicious healthy recipe can be topped on a bed of greens for the ultimate lunch or dinner!
5 from 10 votes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: tuna tataki, yellowfin tuna recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 192kcal

Ingredients

Tuna

  • 12 oz Yellowfin Tuna Steak Fillets sashimi grade
  • 1 Green Onions
  • 1/2 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed optional

Sauce

  • 1/2 Inch Ginger
  • 3 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Togarashi substitute with Cayenne Pepper, but use 1/8 tsp instead
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
  • Grind ginger down with a grinder or a garter and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add grated ginger, Ponzu, Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Togarashi and Lemon Juice. Mix together and set aside.
  • Pat both sides of the tuna steak dry with a paper towel and set aside.
  • Preheat grill to 400F+ (up to 500F if your grill can handle it). Once the grill is preheated, place tuna steaks on the grill and cover. Grill for 20-30 seconds per side just to sear the outside. Inside should have sashimi like texture. Note - make sure you don't overcook the steaks, otherwise it's going to be extreme tough and rubbery.
  • Transfer grilled steak and let it rest until room temperature (about 1-2 minutes). Once cooled, pour sauce to liking, followed by chopped green onions and Toasted Sesame Seed. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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