This Asian-style Sesame Ahi Tuna Steak with Soy Ginger Marinade recipe is rich and meaty with just a hint of spiciness.
Asian-Style Sesame Ahi Tuna Steak with Soy Ginger Marinade Recipe
If you love the idea of seafood and haven’t yet given Ahi tuna a try, then you’ll love this recipe for Sesame Ahi Tuna Steak. It uses a ginger garlic soy sauce marinade that adds a lot of flavor to the meat along with some spice.
Truth be told, I love to vary my seafood and one kind that I hadn’t made in quite a while was Ahi tuna.
Depending upon where you buy it and the quality of the fillet, this tuna can be a bit pricey, but I was able to catch it on sale at my local grocer so I bought some for dinner.
My idea was to add an Asian twist to the fish fillet, so I chose to marinate it with a mix of fresh minced garlic and ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil. For a bit of “crunch” I added some black sesame seeds. I, then, allowed the marinade to do it’s mojo for about 30 minutes after I put the steaks back in the fridge, lightly covered with plastic wrap.
This gave me time to make up some Asian-Sesame Couscous and a crisp Asian Cucumber Salad. Both pair well with this tuna dish and is just the ticket for easy weeknight dining.
Finally, it was time to grill the fillets.
I prepped the fry pan with some sesame oil and allowed the oil to get to a “ripple” stage and then carefully added the Ahi tuna steaks into the hot pan.
Finally, I pan fried the tuna approximately four minutes on one side and then turned it over to finish cooking on the other side until brown.
The trick when cooking Ahi tuna is not to overcook it. You want to eat it with a bit of pink (some prefer it with A LOT of pink–meaning rare). But for most folks this should suffice. Even so, if you like your tuna steaks rare, cook it less time.
Cooking Tip: In all, for a one inch steak, approximately five ounces, you’ll be looking at 7-8 minutes tops for cooking. And, just to be clear here, err always on lesser time on the grill or fry pan. There is, after all, some residual cooking that goes on after you remove the fillets from the heat. Which means that you could actually overcook your fillets if you aren’t careful.
Once you’ve removed your Ahi tuna steaks, then it’s time to plate, serve and eat. You can sprinkle on a few more black sesame seeds at this time for presentation. Enjoy!
Sesame Ahi Tuna Steak with Soy Ginger Marinade
- 1 lb ahi tuna steak cut into 4 oz fillets
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 3 tbsp ginger minced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 tbsp sesame oil (2 tbsp for marinating - 2 tbsp for frying
- 2 tbsp black sesame seeds (more for garnish-optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
In a bowl, add minced garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well.
In a cooking dish with sides, place the Ahi tuna steaks and distribute the marinade evenly over all the fillets.
Sprinkle on the black sesame seeds and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
Prepare a fry pan with rest of sesame oil. Allow the oil to get to a "ripple" stage before adding the steaks. Note: If there is extra marinade, you can add this to the fry pan, too.
Then fry the first side of the Ahi steak for approximately 4 minutes and then carefully flip it to the other side.
Fry for about 3 more minutes and remove from the heat. Place the Ahi steaks on a plate and allow to rest for about 3 minutes while you get ready for plating.
Plate the tuna steaks. Sprinkle on a little more black sesame seeds over the Ahi Tuna Steaks. Serve and Enjoy!