Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks recipe |

I’m not really a die-hard swimming fan.  I know some people really go out of their way to jump in the water if there’s a pool or ocean or lake anywhere nearby, but I don't think I could say the same about myself.  Mostly because I don’t love being cold, and I usually find myself far out of my temperature comfort-zone.  But here in Arizona, with the 100 + dry heat summers, it can be one of the best (and one of the only) things to do outdoors! 

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks recipe |

This weekend, it finally hit the 100s in Tucson.  I definitely missed the nicer – and totally weird – low 80s May we were having, but it made for the perfect weekend for a pool party.  Yep – pool party weather!  So I finally managed to go swimming for the first time this year, and let me tell you, it was glorious. 

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks recipe |
Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks recipe |

This doesn’t exactly relate to the ahi tuna steaks I’m going to tell you about, but I’m certainly feeling in a more seafood-y kind of mood because of summertime.  Do you get that way, too?  Something about thick, juicy, just-seared tuna steaks, perfectly pink in the center and salty-almost crisp on the outside is just right.  Pair this with a light salad or some fabulous quinoa dish and you have a fancy, no-fuss meal on your hands.  Here’s to the beginning of a great summer!

Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks

Low-carb, gluten-free {makes 2 main course servings}


  • Two fresh, sushi-grade, ahi tuna steaks (about 4 oz each) – you can often find these at Asian markets and specialty foods stores anywhere
  • 2 T. avocado or coconut oil
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
  • One recipe for quinoa:
  • Optional: Wasabi Vinaigrette + baby arugula or spinach


  1. Heat 1 T. oil over medium high heat in a cast-iron or nonstick pan.  Season the tuna on both sides with the seasonings.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the tuna.  Sear only as long as you like per side, maybe 1 minute, to make sure it doesn’t cook all the way through.
  3. Cut into slices against the grain and serve with quinoa or salad and wasabi dressing!

Makes 2 main course servings

Nutrition per serving (tuna only):  204 calories; 10 g fat; 0 g carbs; 27 g protein