The Beauty of Ahi Tuna Steaks
Ahi Tuna Steak is the perfect busy-man food. Or busy-woman. While Ahi Tuna is best fresh, you can get them frozen at Trader Joe’s (and most other grocers). They take five minutes to cook and are easy as hell to prepare. Just salt, pepper and olive oil and you’re done. If you want to get fancy, make simple fish sauce like our Spicy Soy Fish Sauce or this Mayonnaise Sauce for Seafood.
And yes, Ahi Tuna is beautiful. As in, they’re pretty looking. If you sear them correctly, they kind of look like a fillet mignon cooked rare. Brown on the outside, red in the center.
The Trick to Cooking Ahi Tuna Steak
Ahi Tuna Steak can be cooked on the grill. But, I’ve found it’s best cooked pan seared. It doesn’t matter what recipe you use. Usually, with Ahi Tuna, the simpler, the better. Salt, pepper, lemon pepper, extra virgin olive oil. Done.
The trick, you’ll find, is not to overcook the fish. Even if you generally like your food cooked well done, Ahi Tuna is a food you want to cook as little as possible. As it cooks, it very quickly hardens, so it’s good to make sure the center is nice and red (or pink).
Make sure your Ahi Tuna is safe to prepare rare. Check the packaging for the date or any indication of quality. If it’s fresh, give it the “smell test.” And, push the fresh Ahi Tuna through the packaging. You don’t want it too mushy or too firm.
Generally, any Ahi Tuna Steak you find in the grocery store is fit to be cooked rare. Or medium rare if prefer. Give it a try and resist temptation to over-cook. A few minutes on each side is all you need.
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Pan seared Ahi Tuna Steak.
- ahi tuna steak - available frozen (fresh is great, too)
- lemon pepper
- extra virgin olive oil
- Add thawed Ahi Tuna Steaks to medium hot fry pan (that’s been greased with extra virgin olive oil)
- Add salt, pepper, and lemon pepper to Ahi Tuna Steak while it’s cooking.
- Rub in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
- Cook for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare. Add one minute for medium.
- Serve with soy sauce or something like our Spicy Soy Fish Sauce or the delicious Mayonnaise Sauce for Seafood.
- Be happy
- Be careful not to over cook. They cook really quickly. If overcooked, they’re kinda crappy.
- Nutrition facts based on 4 oz servings. Typical frozen packs from Trader Joe’s come with four or five 4 oz servings.