Seared Albacore Tuna with Ponzu Soy Sauce

Seared albacore tuna is a delicious meal to serve to guests or friends, but it's also an excellent meal that you can prepare on your own.

Prep Time:
1 hour
Cook Time:
5 min


Ponzu sauce:

  • 1/4 c lemon juice (fresh juice is best)
  • 1/3 c soy sauce
  • 2 T mirin (or substitute 2 T white wine or rice vinegar + 1 t sugar)
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 1 T brown sugar (or more to taste)
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)


  • Olive oil
  • Scallions
  • 2 Tuna steaks a little less than an inch thick
  • White rice


Step 1:  If using Northern Chef Fiji albacore tuna, thaw overnight in a refrigerator, then rinse with cold running water and pat dry.

Step 2: Combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Make adjustments to taste, then divide the sauce in half, setting aside one half for dipping.

Step 3: Marinate the steaks in the sauce that isn’t set aside. Marinate for an hour.

Step 4: Heat olive oil in a medium-high heat until it shimmers. If the oil begins to smoke, it is too hot.

Step 5: Remove the tuna from the sauce and wipe it off.

Step 6: Place the tuna in the olive oil and sear it for two minutes or longer, then flip and sear the other side for an equal amount of time. One to two minutes of searing on each side will produce a rare steak.

Step 7: Transfer the steak to the cutting board and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.

Step 8: Slice the steak in half length-wise.

Step 9: Serve the steak over rice, garnished with scallions and with the dipping sauce on the side.