Asian Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna

The flavours and textures of this dish simply dance in the mouth. Perfectly-seared tuna is meaty yet tender, and the fresh greens and vegetables provide a nice counterpoint of crunch. The hot-salty-sour-sweet dressing brings it all together with a bang. With tuna, it’s best to buy it from a reputable fishmonger. If you are worried about eating fish that is cooked to ‘just rare’, freeze it first and then let it thaw before searing.

Asian Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna

This light but satisfying salad is as flavourful as it is beautiful.


2 (6 oz) ahi or yellowfin tuna steaks (3/4” thick)
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten-free version)
½ teaspoon chili garlic paste
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
½ teaspoon white sugar
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 green onion, thinly sliced
6 cups mixed baby greens, washed & dried
¼ English cucumber, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
½ cup red pepper, thinly sliced


  • In a small bowl, make dressing by combining soy sauce, chili paste, ginger, vinegar, sugar and lime juice; whisk in sesame oil then drizzle in olive oil in a slow stream while whisking vigorously to emulsify dressing slightly.
  • Divide greens evenly on four serving plates. Sprinkle cucumber and red pepper over the greens.
  • Season both sides of tuna steaks generously with freshly ground black pepper. Heat a heavy duty non-stick or cast iron skillet over high heat. When the pan is hot, sear tuna for one minute on each side. It should still be red in the middle.
  • Remove tuna from pan and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices; fan these out over the plated greens and vegetables.
  • Drizzle with dressing; sprinkle with a few green onion slices and toasted sesame seeds.

Serves 4.

About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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1 Response to Asian Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna

  1. jojobuhnee says:

    Looks delicious. I have a soft spot for rare/raw seafood! 🙂

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