Let me tell you a story about the first time I tried seared ahi: My boyfriend took me to his work one time- it was a brand new fancy restaurant, and it was the opening night preview. We could order anything we wanted on the menu. I, of course, got a $40 meal. It was seared ahi.
When it came out, I took the first bite, freaked out and spit it back out into my napkin. I said to my boyfriend, “Oh my gosh! Its raw! They didn’t cook it all the way!” After the laughter stopped, I realized it was supposed to be that way and so I ate the rest of it and LOVED it.
If you didn’t know, Seared Ahi is a fresh piece of a yellow-fin tuna fish, seared on high heat for only a couple of minutes on each side. It is usually served very raw. It is lean, and a excellent source of protein. It is SO delicious (if you’re a raw fish kind of person) but it’s also can be expensive. Like I mentioned before, my plate at the restaurant was $40. But I got a pack of two pieces for $15 at Trade Joes. If I was rich and famous, I would eat this more often, but for now, it’s our favorite special treat for special occasions.
- 2 Fresh ahi fish steaks.
How you can tell if they are fresh: The color can vary between different grades of fish. I heard that the super red colored tuna is chemically processed to look that way. The best way is to use your sense of smell. If it smells fresh, then it is fresh. Also look for signs of dark browning in the package at the store. You don’t want that- it means it has been sitting there for a while. I don’t recommend frozen ahi, it just doesn’t have the same quality or taste when you cook it.
- 3-4 Garlic cloves
- About a 1/4 cup of soy sauce
- Fresh ground pepper
- Parsley (fresh or not)
- Olive oil
- Half a lemon
Marinate your ahi steak in the soy sauce, parsley, pepper, garlic and a dash of olive oil for about 1 hour. If you leave it marinating too much longer, it can get pretty salty.
When you are ready to cook, heat a fying pan with a med-high flame. Heat about a tbs of olive oil in the pan.
Make sure the oil is HOT before putting the steaks on. You can test this by throwing a little piece of garlic or something in the oil if it starts to fry instantly, you’re ready.
Sear the ahi for only 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate and enjoy!
Serve this with some kind of asian salad or slaw, or even some Mediterranean rice, quinoa, or cous cous. Let your taste buds EXPLODE with joy.