Ahi Tuna Steak – an easy, yet elegant, dinner worthy of the most special occasion! Made with Maple-Mustard Sauce.
How about some Ahi Tuna Steak for dinner, friends? My super-easy, foolproof, pan-seared tuna steak recipe is going to make your meal special. While the steaks are marinating in the sauce, you’ll have time to whip up a quick salad, or steam some vegetables.
I don’t cook tuna very often, but when I do, I savor every single bite. I’ve tried many spice mixes and marinades for tuna steak, and the Maple-Mustard Marinade I am sharing today is by far my favorite.
Have you had Ahi Tuna Steaks before? If not, I hope you’ll start your Tuna Steak adventures with this recipe.
What’s Ahi Tuna?
There are four widely consumed varieties of tuna: Albacore, Bluefin, Skipjack, and Yellowfin tuna. Yellowfin tuna (a.k.a. Ahi Tuna) is a species of tuna found in the pelagic waters of tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide. The fish have pink flesh with a mild flavor.
Where to Buy Ahi Tuna Steak?
Depending on where you live, you might have difficulties finding some good Ahi Tuna steaks. Because it’s best to keep the middle of the steaks raw, you’ll need some fresh sushi-grade tuna. The best place to buy it is at a popular local fish market. Just do a quick Google search and find a fish market in your area that has good reviews.
If there are no good fish markets in your area, you may opt for frozen Ahi Tuna. To be honest, the difference between fresh and frozen tuna is noticeable, so I always prefer the fresh ones.
Ahi Tuna Steak Basics
Here are the basics steps for preparing Ahi Tuna Steak at home:
Buy the fish. Get your hands on some fresh, sushi-grade Ahi Tuna filets.
Marinate the fish. Take your fish out of the refrigerator. Prepare the marinade and cover the fish with it. Set it aside and let it marinate for about 20-25 minutes. This will allow the fish to come closer to room temperature and absorb some of the marinade flavors.
Sear the fish. Heat up a non-stick (preferred) or cast iron skillet over very high heat. Place the steak(s) and sear for about 1-3 minutes on each side, or until the steak reaches the desired doneness. When searing Ahi Tuna steaks, it is important not to overcook them — the fish tastes best when rare in the center (but of course, cook to your liking).
Serve the fish.Cut the Ahi Tuna steaks against the grain into ½-inch thick slices. Drizzle with the reserved marinade.
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