Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Tuna

Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Ahi

So, Ahi Tuna IS NOT prevalent in the state of Nevada but it is technically Wild… right?

These tuna steaks were sushi grade so I felt comfortable leaving them pretty rare. If you prefer more medium doneness, then cook for an additional minute or two on each side. I served these cilantro lime seared Ahi tuna steaks with a side of sour cream sauce and fresh arugula. It was so delicious that I devoured everything before it even got to the plate! ~Enjoy.


  • 2 Ahi Tuna Steaks (Sushi Grade)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sour Cream Sauce

  • 1 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 small jalapeno, chopped (optional)


Mix together cumin, garlic powder, paprika and some pepper. Then brush the steaks with olive oil and add the dry rub seasoning to both sides, place the steaks in a bowl and squeeze the juice of two limes, add chopped cilantro and slivered garlic. Cover the tuna with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. When the skillet is hot, add the tuna steaks and sear for 3-4 minutes. Turn gently with a spatula and cook on the other side for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice 1/4 inch thick slices and enjoy with sour cream sauce and fresh arugula.

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Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Ahi

Squeeze the juice of two limes and add slivered garlic slices to the Ahi Tuna.

Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Ahi

The Sour Cream Sauce: Fat Free Sour Cream, cilantro, lime juice and a splash of rice wine vinegar. Oh and I added a few slices of jalapeno to kick it up a notch!

Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Ahi

Sear the Ahi Tuna steaks in olive oil with the cilantro and garlic.

Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Ahi

Slice the steaks 1/4 thick and serve with sour cream sauce and fresh arugula.

Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Ahi

Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Tuna


  • Reply January 17, 2019


    Hubby and I gobbled this up!! So so good. Thank you!

  • Reply July 13, 2018


    The tuna was very tasty, made the “make it again list” with high praise!

  • Reply April 20, 2018


    Where can one purchase sushi grade?

    • Reply April 23, 2018


      Any fish market or whole foods…

  • Reply March 18, 2017


    Thank you for this recipe ! Loved it

  • Reply November 11, 2016


    This recipe was amazing! Thank you!

  • Reply April 11, 2016


    Oh Man… thanks for catching that and letting me know… HAHAHA!

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