Seared Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna

Found some fresh Ahi Tuna at the grocery store, so since we are in a locale where it is barbecue weather, that’s what we had for dinner.  You can also sear it in a pan on your stove top, you don’t need a barbecue.  When you eat fresh tuna like this, you really can only eat it cooked at a rare temperature.  If you over cook it, it is very dry and you might as well use it for tuna salad, and that’s a pretty expensive tuna salad.  So if you aren’t interested in eating fish cooked at a rare temperature, this recipe isn’t for you.  I serve it with my wasabi mayo and soy dipping sauce.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2-3


1 – 18 oz piece of fresh Ahi Tuna

4 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon salt


1.  Mix the salt and pepper together and coat both sides of the tuna.

2.  Heat clean barbecue to 450 degrees F or heat a pan to medium high heat(no oil needed).  Tuna meat is very delicate and if the barbecue grill is not clean, the tuna will stick to it- clean it well before you heat it up.

3.  Place the tuna on the barbecue or pan, cook for 2 1/2 minutes on each side. Use tongs or a spatula to turn it over, a fork may break it apart.  Make sure you are timing it, have a clock or timer close by, the tuna will over cook very quickly.

4.  Slice into about 1/4 pieces.  Serve with wasabi mayo and some soy sauce for dipping.  I sweeten the soy sauce a little with some agave syrup.

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