Recipe shared by BabyAndMeGifts.com fan: Susan Semadeni
I picked up some ahi at the grocery store when it was on sale once because DH had expressed interest in trying it. Since I had no idea how to cook it, I went online for recipes as I frequently do, and found two that sounded good. After some trial and error, we found the best method was to slightly modify and combine them both:
Marinade two 6 oz tuna steaks (I use a large zip bag) for no longer than 30 minutes in:
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 lemon juice
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
(more than 30 minutes, and the soy can really overpower the fish)
When finished marinading and ready to cook, remove the steaks from the marinade to a plate. Melt 1/2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. While skillet is warming, season the steaks on both sides with kosher salt, cayenne pepper, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. (I like to use a spoon to press seasonings into the meat.)
Ahi is generally eaten somewhat raw in the center, as it is a fish frequently seen in sushi. My husband finds that 1:30-45 minutes per side get his steak perfectly done (and mostly raw) for his tastes…I, however, like very little pink in my meat, so I cook for 4 minutes a side before starting his, check mine, and usually continue to cook it for the next 3 minutes that his cooks.
This recipe rivals fish you would get at a nice restaurant–it is THAT good.
And in my area, at least, you can usually find 6 oz ahi prepacked and frozen steaks 2/$6, or thawed, previously frozen larger steaks for $7.99 to $9.99 /lb.
I find it has a very mild fishy flavor, and actually eats more like a nice cut of beef steak than fish.