Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Butter


This recipe for seared ahi tuna with wasabi butter is an easy and delicious way to enjoy tuna. It is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a special dinner party. The tuna is seared in a hot pan until just cooked through and then served with a simple wasabi butter sauce. This dish can be served with rice and vegetables or on its own as an appetizer.


-4 tuna steaks, about 6 ounces each

-Salt and pepper

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-4 tablespoons butter

-2 tablespoons wasabi paste

-1 tablespoon soy sauce

-1 tablespoon rice vinegar

-1 teaspoon honey


1. Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat.

3. Add the tuna steaks and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until seared and just cooked through.

4. Remove the tuna from the pan and set aside on a plate.

5. In the same pan, add the butter, wasabi paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey. Cook for about 1 minute, or until the butter is melted and the sauce is bubbling.

6. Pour the sauce over the tuna steaks and serve immediately.

Potential Changes & Improvements

-If you prefer, you can substitute the tuna steaks for salmon, swordfish, or another type of fish.

-The wasabi paste can be replaced with horseradish or another type of mustard.

-The rice vinegar can be replaced with cider vinegar or another type of vinegar.

-The honey can be replaced with sugar or another type of sweetener.

-The tuna steaks can be cooked in a grill pan or on an outdoor grill.

What Other Food It Works Well With

-Serve the seared ahi tuna with rice and steamed vegetables.

-Pair it with a salad of greens and roasted vegetables.

-Serve it with roasted potatoes and a side of sautéed greens.

Common Mistakes

-Overcooking the tuna will result in a dry and tough piece of fish. Be sure to cook it just until it is seared on the outside and still pink in the center.

-Not seasoning the tuna before cooking will result in a bland dish. Be sure to season it generously with salt and pepper.

-Not letting the pan get hot enough before adding the tuna will result in the tuna sticking to the pan and not searing properly.

Nutritional Information

-Serving size: 1 tuna steak

-Calories: 250

-Fat: 16g

-Saturated fat: 5g

-Cholesterol: 55mg

-Sodium: 440mg

-Carbohydrates: 6g

-Fiber: 0g

-Sugar: 5g

-Protein: 20g





-Soy sauce

-Rice vinegar

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