Seared Ahi Tuna with Chili Garlic Ginger Sauce

I haven’t been making much worth sharing lately. But this, this makes up for it.


seared ahi tuna with chili garlic ginger dipping sauce

While this Ahi is delicious, it’s all about the sauce.

Chili Garlic Ginger Dipping Sauce

It may not look like much, but there is a whole lot of awesome packed in that little bowl. The chili garlic sauce and pickled ginger being the leads on flavor.

chili garlic sauce

Move over Sriracha, I have rekindled an old flame. This goes on everything! Morning, noon, and night. It packs way more depth of flavor with the garlic and less spicy chili.  The sweetness of the pickled ginger mellows out the heat, so don’t fear the spice in the sauce, or add more chile garlic if you want more heat.

seared ahi tuna with chili garlic ginger dipping sauce

Clearly, I prefer my tuna very rare. I marinated the steak in soy sauce for about 30 minutes. Patted each side dry, and then coated the top and bottom in toasted sesame seeds.  Sear it in a hot pan, with a touch of oil, for about 1-2 minutes per side.  Let cool, slice and serve.

The tuna is even better if you park it in the fridge until well chilled. Great as an appetizer or a main course. Perfect for a hot summer night.


Seared Ahi Tuna and Chili Garlic Ginger Dipping Sauce
Author: Jacky Hackett
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 Ahi tuna steaks
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickled ginger
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons garlic chili sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  1. Ahi Tuna Steaks:
  2. In a shallow dish or zip bag, cover the tuna steaks with soy sauce and garlic. Marinate for 30 minutes in fridge.
  3. While steaks marinate, toast sesame seeds and make sauce
  4. Heat a skillet under medium heat. Toast sesame seeds, about 2 minutes and remove pan to a plate to avoid burning
  5. Combine first five sauce ingredients in a bowl
  6. Whisk in mayonnaise until smooth and creamy, park in fridge
  7. Remove steaks from marinade, pat dry
  8. Coat top and bottom of steak in sesame seeds
  9. Heat skillet over medium-high heat, with oil to coat
  10. Sear steaks 1- minutes per side
  11. Cool steaks and slice about 1/4″ think, against the grain
  12. Serve with sauce and pickled ginger

For me, the tuna becomes a conduit for maximum sauce enjoyment. Try it with shrimp or even grilled steak.



  1. jillyinmn says:

    This looks SO good!!!! I have never tried to make ahi tuna, but I eat it out every chance I get. I might have to try to be adventurous and try it at home. Did you go any place special to purchase it? We have this place Coastal Seafoods that gets really good fresh fish, but it is a drive. I am wondering if I can’t give it a try at Whole Foods or our local grocery store. That sauce looks amazing! We had a HH on the deck here a few weeks ago, and someone brought ahi tuna poke that was so good. I want to try that too.

    • Jacky Hackett says:

      Tuna is one of the easiest fish to cook, it is solid and doesn’t fall apart. Costco is my go-to for finding great Ahi Tuna. Whole Foods should have it too. ahi tuna poke sounds great, will have to check that out. Trying to add more fish to the weekly menu.

  2. biz319 says:

    I have everything to make that Jacky – well, except for the tuna! Not sure if Jacob has ever eaten that before, but I’ll give it a try. If he doesn’t like it, that’s more for me! The first time Tony made me tuna I made him cook it until it was all grey – he was so mad!

    Love seeing you post!

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