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seared ahi recipe

Tuna Recipe – Seared Ahi with Tomato and Basil on Polenta

  • Author: Patty
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


barely seared ahi on creamy polenta with a tomato and basil sauce


  • 1 8oz sushi grade ahi steak
  • 1 TBS Arizona Dreaming Spice Blend* or 1/8 tsp each of chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, cilantro, lemon zest, chipotle pepper, jalepeno, and cocoa.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1 TBS unsalted butter

For the Polenta

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS unsalted butter

For the Tomatoes and Basil

  • 2 15 oz cans tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt to taste


Make the Polenta

  • Mix the water and milk together and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and add the cornmeal and salt.
  • Cook over low heat until the cornmeal is absorbed and the polenta is smooth and thick
  • Stir in the butter.
  • Set aside and keep warm.

Make the Tomatoes and Basil

  • Heat a large saute pan over med high. When hot add the olive oil
  • Drain the tomatoes and add them to the pan, reducing the heat to medium.
  • Cook the tomatoes until the begin to break down and adjust seasoning.
  • Add the basil and stir. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm.

Cook the Tuna

  • Mix the flour, salt and spices on a small plate.
  • Dredge the tuna on both sides to coat.
  • Heat a cast iron pan or other heavy bottomed fry pan over med high heat until the pan is quite hot. Turn on your exhaust fan.
  • Add the butter to the hot pan. As soon as it is melted add the tuna steak.
  • Cook on one side for about one minute then turn and cook for one minute.
  • Remove the tuna steak and cut into thin slices

To Serve

  • place about a cup of polenta on the plate, top with half of the sliced tuna and then some of the tomatoes and basil

Keywords: ahi, seared ahi, tuna, seared tuna, polenta