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Grilled Ahi Tuna

Grilled Tuna Steak

Ahi tuna, grilled over direct heat with a savory soy dipping sauce.
Course Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine American, Asian, Asian inspired
Keyword grilled ahi tuna steaks, grilled tuna, grilled tuna steak recipe, how to grill tuna steaks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $25.00


  • 4 6 ounce ahi tuna steaks
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon coarse ground pepper

Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons local honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)


  • Prepare grill for two zone or direct/indirect grilling. Target the temperature between 500 and 600 degrees over direct heat. Ours was at 550.
  • Pat dry the tuna with a paper towel.
  • Combine the salt and pepper in a small dish and season the tuna steaks.
  • Place the seasoned tuna steaks over direct heat and grill for approximately 3 minutes. Flip to the other side and cook an additional 3 minutes. The internal temperature should be between 125 and 130 degrees F for a medium rare steak.
  • Remove from the grill. Slice the tuna into pencil thin slices and serve with the dipping sauce. Tuna is best served warm.

Dipping Sauce

  • In a medium size bowl combine all ingredients and whisk to incorporate. Place in 4 small dipping dishes if serving as a main course or one dish if doing for an appetizer.
  • Optional - Sprinkle some sesame seeds into the dipping sauce.


Chef's Tip: Use a micro plane to grate the both the ginger and the garlic. It makes for very fine texture when in the dipping sauce. Another great trick is to freeze unused fresh ginger. You can remove from the freezer and simply grate it again for the next recipe.