Seared Ahi Tuna with Watercress, Chile, and Ginger Salad

Seared Ahi Tuna with Watercress, Chile, and Ginger Salad

Alex Bluett 0

"This Thai influenced tuna steak with a light and aromatic salad is ideal for summer."


1 h 35 m servings 565 cals
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Original recipe yields 2 servings



  • Calories:
  • 565 kcal
  • 28%
  • Fat:
  • 29.9 g
  • 46%
  • Carbs:
  • 17g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 58.4 g
  • 117%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Sodium:
  • 890 mg
  • 36%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Whisk together the ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Slowly whisk in olive oil until incorporated. Set aside and refrigerate half of this mixture to be used as a salad dressing later. Whisk the garlic, lime zest, minced chile pepper, and cilantro stems into the marinade. Coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover, and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature.
  2. Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is very hot, remove the tuna from the marinade, and place into the skillet. Sear the tuna until golden brown on both sides, and cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium, depending on thickness.
  3. Place the watercress in a large bowl with the cilantro leaves, cherry tomatoes, and sliced chile pepper. Pour in the reserved dressing, and toss to mix. Serve the seared tuna on a bed of salad.
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  1. 12 Ratings


Added the amounts for the olive oil, and included ginger in the directions.

The flavor is there, but the directions were incomplete . . . missing steps for including the ginger, so I added it after the fact to the marinade, dressing & on the salad itself. There was no q...

This recipe was SO good and SO easy! My husband loves seared tuna, and I've been looking for a raw watercress recipe, so this was the one for us. Everyone in the family liked it, even my 1 and...

sooo good! tastes like the salad from a Thai restaurant. I would make this again with shrimp or chicken too.

I loved this recipe thank you Alex! I followed the recipe with few exceptions for personal preference. I omitted the sugar and used half olive oil and half sesame oil, and about 5 cloves of gar...

Not a fan. I made the salad dressing exactly as described and drizzled over my own mix of greens with seared ahi. I love salads and am by no means a picky eater. I couldn't eat the salad. My...

WOW!!! Really, really enjoyed this one. I did it over a bed of spring mix. Wish I would have put a little more salad in my bowl. It was full on full of flavor and a very nice light meal. I u...

Good dressing to start with for the tuna and the salad; however, adding soy sauce, wasabi paste really enhanced the flavor. Thanks Alex!

Great salad. Cooked to recipe. Wasn't sure about the watercress and cilantro salad but it isn't as overpowering as it sounds. Good Thai flavors, very limey.