Pan Fried Ahi Tuna Steaks with Tomato-Basil Salsa

Feb 28, 2006 by Angst | 1 Comments| Share it:   

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  • Prep: 30 mins. - 1 hr.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 2

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  • Fresh Ahi Yellowfin Tuna
  • Cherry Tomatoes - Plump and ripe
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Carapelli Premium
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Red Onion
  • Lemon
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Box of Rice Pilaf

Step 1

Get out your knives and cutting board.


Step 2

We start by chopping 6 or 7 Cherry Tomatoes: Those go in the mixing bowl for the salsa. We also sliced the rest in half for the salad.


Step 3

Next, strip the best Basil Leaves from the stem.


Step 4

Roll them together, lengthwise, until you have a big green cigar. Then cut across every 1/4 inch or so.


Step 5

Pull it apart and you have pretty Basil ribbons!


Step 6

Add the Olive Oil to the salsa bowl.


Step 7

Sprinkle in some Parsley Flakes and a few Sesame Seeds for good measure and this is what your salsa bowl should look like:


Step 8

So, with our salsa done, I'll start on the Rice Pilaf.


Step 9

Simply add water and Olive Oil and let it go.


Step 10

Now it is time for the main event: Ahi! Just look at those white bands of fat. I had to restrain myself from eating both of those steaks raw. I could feel the texture with my hands and I had to bite my tongue to keep it from lashing out to feel it too.


Step 11

Let's get the Ahi marinated in some Olive Oil and squeeze that Lemon over the top.


Step 12

Through the magic of the Internet, I have two fully marinated and seasoned Ahi steaks ready to go. I salted and peppered the fish and crusted it with some sesame seeds.


Step 13

Now, here comes the fun part! I recommend that you find the highest quality Ahi you can and cook them 2 minutes on each side for a Medium Rare steak. We found our Ahi frozen at our local global domination supermarket so we're not convinced of its overall quality. We cooked it 4 minutes on each side for Medium Well, just to be safe.


Step 14

When chopping or dicing onions, slice your onion in half, vertically. Place the flat half on the cutting board and make several cuts, depending on how thick you want it, vertically on the onion but make sure you do not cut all the way to the top. Leave the onion hanging together. Then slice horizontally for instantly awesome shreds of onion!


Step 15

Onion, Basil, Parsley, Tomatoes, Cheese, Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Avocado, Sesame Seeds and a bag of Field Greens. Hey, a salad!


Step 16

Here they are! Everything all cooked up and plated all pretty. Served with Kendall-Jackson California Chardonnay 2004. I'll let the photo speak for itself.

Now that you have learned how to make pan fried ahi tuna steaks with tomato-basil salsa, please be sure to view these other seafood recipes. Also, you will love these American recipes.


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1 Comment

user does not have an avatar Marcy Wise

May 15, 2011

Loved the recipe.  I fixed it for my husband and me, and we both enjoyed it.

Since I have a small appetite, I had quite a bit of the tuna and salsa left.  So the next day I mixed the tuna with the salsa and some chopped onion, added a little mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Voila! A great variation on the tuna sandwich.

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