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Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Tuna

After that Crock-Pot Brown Sugar Glazed Ham and all the holiday food that accompanied it, I need something on the lighter side. I had two lovely tuna steaks in the freezer, so I went in search of a new recipe to use them in. This Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Tuna recipe caught my eye. It’s made indoors, so there’s no need to battle the grill (It’s warm enough to grill here in December. I have mixed feelings about that.), and it includes a delicious sounding sour cream sauce. Just add some fresh arugula, and you have a complete meal. Light, easy, and on the healthy side. What’s not to love?

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!

Recipe Author: Kristy at Nevada Foodies
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The Ingredients

I found the tuna steaks on sale for around $5 each no too long ago. I had to snap them up at that price! And they were vacuum packed, so they kept beautifully in my freezer while I looked for a new tuna recipe.

That left a few items to buy and a few to hunt through my pantry for. None of them were expensive or difficult to find. No special trips to alternate grocery stores or online orders required. It all kept with the simplicity of this recipe, which I appreciated after the hectic Holiday season.

Cilantro Lime Seared Ahi Tuna Ingredients
Sushi grade tuna steaks, cilantro, sour cream, limes, garlic, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, cumin, rice wine vinegar, and olive oil

The Process

Putting this recipe together couldn’t have been easier! The instructions were clear and easy to follow, so I had my tuna prepped and marinating in 7 minutes. I mixed up the sour cream sauce while the tuna was in the refrigerator getting delicious.

An hour later, and I was ready to get cooking. I really couldn’t wait to try this recipe!! The actual cooking part was just as easy as the prep work and took the same amount of time (7 minutes). It was just a matter of heating my cast iron skillet with some olive oil and searing the tuna steaks. One thing I did that wasn’t listed in the recipe was scrape away the chopped cilantro and garlic slices. I didn’t want them getting in the way of searing the tuna.

Afterward, I let the tuna sit for five minutes while I got out the arugula and gave the sour cream sauce a final stir.

Tuna steaks brushed with olive oil and sprinkles with dry rub
Tuna steaks brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with the dry rub

So how was it?

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These seared tuna steaks are a new favorite around here! The lime and dry spice rub marinade gave them enough flavor that they didn't overpower the oily tuna and vice versa. A quick sear in a cast iron pan kept the inside rare and juicy, just the way a tuna steak is supposed to be. I served mine with a side of arugula as the author suggested, and I found the sour cream sauce made the perfect dressing (I preferred the tuna without it as the sauce was a little too strong for it). Just 15 minutes of active time plus 1 hour marinating is all it took. This was such an easy meal that was healthy and satisfying!
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