Easy Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

ahi tuna salad with wasabi and avocado

If you love seared tuna, you’re going to love this amazing tuna salad with wasabi and greens! This simple Asian salad recipe is bound to become a family favorite! It’s super easy to make, too! I serve the ahi tuna with creamy avocado, crunchy zucchini, spring greens and bits of wasabi for some incredible flavor! You’ll love the unique and tantalizing combo of flavors in this seafood salad recipe!

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How to Make Seared Tuna

This seafood tuna salad is made with the best seared ahi tuna, thinly sliced and simply seasoned.

  1. I recommend first portioning and trimming the tuna into small squares or rectangles. This way, the tuna will cook evenly and you can slice and plate it beautifully.
  2. Once you have the tuna ready, place it into a bowl to marinate. My simple marinade is made with soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Let the tuna marinate for at least an hour for the best flavor.
  3. To cook the tuna, preheat a large pan over high heat. You want the pan to be extra hot!!
  4. Sear the tuna on all sides for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Sear the tuna longer for larger pieces. Try to sear the tuna as evenly as possible so it cooks uniformly.
  5. Once done, use a sharp knife to thinly slice the tuna for the salad.

seared tuna with avocado salad - asian salad recipe

Simple Salad Recipe

This seafood salad is so simple! Simply arrange spring greens on a tray, add some sliced avocado and slice zucchini or cucumber. Add tiny dollops of wasabi on the side; dip the tuna into the wasabi with each bite! For the Asian salad dressing, I combine soy sauce, sesame seed oil and honey. This easy dressing is the perfect complement to the tuna!

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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad recipe

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

20 minutes prep + 5 minutes cook
4 servings
Easy and delicious seared ahi tuna salad with a quick tuna marinade, avocado and soy sauce!


  • 4 large tuna steaks, quarter pound each - I use sushi-grade tuna for this recipe that can be purchased at Asian specialty stores and select super markets
  • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 8 to 10 cups baby greens fresh salad mix
  • 2 large, ripe avocados, sliced
  • 1 zucchini or cucumber, sliced
  • wasabi paste

For Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup tamari sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  • First, marinate the ahi tuna: Combine the 1/4 tamari or sauce sauce and 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil in large bowl. Place the tuna steaks into marinade, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Once marinated, discard the marinade and pat the tuna dry with paper towels. Heat a large pan over high heat and add a splash of oil. Sear the tuna for approximately 1 minutes per side. Lightly sear the fish on all sides, making sure the sear is even. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Remove the tuna from pan and use a very sharp knife thinly slice the tuna.
  • For the salad dressing: simply combine the sauce sauce, sesame seed oil and honey in a measuring cup. Whisk for 1 minute and then set aside until ready to use.
  • To arrange salad, simply layer the salad greens with sliced avocado and zucchini. Garnish the plate with tiny drops of wasabi paste and drizzle with the prepared dressing. Place the sliced tuna on top and serve.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1987mg | Potassium: 1293mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4823IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 5mg