Pan-seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Vinaigrette

The fish monger at our local Sunday morning farmers market has been carrying fresh ahi tuna. We always enjoy fresh tuna for a delightful light Sunday supper that’s quick and easy to prepare. We’ve been enjoying the tuna with a simple wasabi vinaigrette dressing. Be sure you buy only the freshest high-quality tuna as this recipe only lightly pan-sears it.

Preparation is fast and easy – prepare the vinaigrette, dip the tuna into it and then quickly pan-sear it.

A quick and easy recipe for pan-searing fresh ahi tuna flavored with a wasabi-based vinaigrette.


  • 1 Ahi Tuna Steak (we prefer 0.8 lbs for two people – make sure the tuna is very fresh and of highest quality!)
1 tbsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Wasabi Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tsp Wasabi Paste

  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil

  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice


  1. In a small bowl large enough to hold the tuna, prepare the wasabi vinaigrette and coat the tuna with it. Liberally season the tuna with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  2. Heat a small sauce pan on high and then add the tuna.
  3. Quickly sear the tuna for 2 mins – then flip and sear for 2 mins on the other side.
  4. Remove from pan and immediately slice thinly. Serve quickly with additional soy sauce and wasabi in a small dish. Use your chopsticks!


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