Meaty ahi tuna, also known as yellowfin tuna, is at its best when lightly seared and rare in the center. In this Greek-inspired dish, a bright and refreshing salad of cucumbers, tomato, feta, and mint perfectly balances the richness of the fish.
2 Persian cucumbers, ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch lengths
½ cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1 small garlic clove, grated or minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking and drizzling
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 (8-ounce) ahi ( yellowfin) tuna steaks
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons torn fresh mint or flat-leaf parsley plus more for garnish
Flaky sea salt for garnishing
Warm pita or flatbreads for serving
Prepare the Cucumber Salad
Place the cucumbers lengthwise on a cutting board. Using a meat mallet, rolling pin, or sturdy glass, gently press on the cucumbers to smash, then transfer to a bowl. Add the tomatoes, garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and vinegar, then season with salt and pepper. Let sit while you prepare the tuna.
Sear the Tuna
Rub the tuna with olive oil and season all over with salt and black pepper, pressing gently to adhere. Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high until hot. Add a thin layer of oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the tuna and sear until golden, about 1 minute per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes before cutting into ½-inch-thick slices.
Finish and Serve
Just before serving, add the feta and mint to the salad. Divide the tuna between 2 or 3 plates then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with flaky salt and mint. Serve the cucumber salad and warm pita alongside.
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Pair it Up
Island-hop and pair this Mediterranean dish with a fresh Greek wine like assyrtiko or a grassy New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
Spice it Up
Rub the tuna with cracked peppercorns, sesame seeds, or chopped herbs before searing.
Change it Up
For a yummy sandwich, fill a warm pita with sliced leftover tuna and cucumber salad.
Filled with many heart-healthy fats, antioxidants, and lean proteins, yellowfin tuna is a nutritional powerhouse. Paired with vitamin C-rich tomatoes and whole grain pitas, this meal is delicious and nutritious.