Seared Ahi Tuna with Watercress, Chile, and Ginger Salad

Seared Ahi Tuna with Watercress, Chile, and Ginger Salad

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  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    5 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 35 m
Alex Bluett
Recipe by  Alex Bluett

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

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Original recipe yields 2 large servings



  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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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 quantity listed for the olive oil, so I think my guess of 3/4 cup was too much. I will try it again because the tuna turned out really good and flavorful.



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 3 year old boys... I cooked my husband's rare, but liked that I could cook mine and the boys a little longer... easy peasy!

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Amount Per Serving (2 total)

  • Calories
  • 565 cal
  • 28%
  • Fat
  • 29.9 g
  • 46%
  • Carbs
  • 17 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 58.4 g
  • 117%
  • Cholesterol
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 1083 mg
  • 43%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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