Six-Minute Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

2 servings


6 minutes

total time


2 ahi tuna (yellowfin tuna) steaks (about 4 oz. each, 1" thick - see notes for thinner or thicker)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (see notes)

1 tablespoon honey (see notes)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1 tablespoon canola oil (or olive oil)

green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and lime wedges (for serving, optional)


Pat the ahi tuna steaks dry with a paper towel. Place on a plate or inside a plastic bag.

Mix the soy sauce (2 tablespoons), toasted sesame oil (1 tablespoon), honey (1 tablespoon) kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon- OMIT if marinating for more than a couple hours, see notes), pepper (1/4 teaspoon), and cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon) until honey is fully dissolved. Pour over the ahi tuna steaks and turn over to coat completely. Optional: allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes, or up to overnight in the refrigerator. Also optional: Reserve a spoonful or two of the marinade before coating the fish for drizzling on top after you've cooked it.

Heat a medium skillet (preferably non-stick or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet) on medium-high to high until very hot ( or medium medium-high for nonstick). I recommend giving cast iron 3-5 minutes to get hot and nonstick about 1 minute, depending on how thick it is.

Add the canola oil (1 tablespoon) to the hot pan. Sear the tuna for 1 - 1½ minutes on each side for medium rare ( 2 -2½ minutes for medium-well to well, 30 seconds for very rare. See notes - this will vary based on thickness of the tuna steaks). (Note: different burners get hotter depending on your stove. Use your best judgement whether you use medium, medium-high, or high heat, as the marinade may burn if too high heat is used)

Remove to a cutting board. Slice into 1/2 inch slices and serve garnished with green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, if desired.


Serving Size



331 kcal

Total Fat

20 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



43 mg


1632 mg

Total Carbohydrate

10 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

9 g


28 g

2 servings


6 minutes

total time
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