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Wasabi Glazed Seared Ahi Tuna bites with toothpicks on white plate

Wasabi Glazed Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer

Valentina K. Wein
The Wasabi Glazed Seared Ahi Appetizer recipe is as delicious as it is pretty.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 18 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8
Calories 114 kcal


  • teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium Tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon honey
  • 1 pound Ahi tuna fillet, sushi grade (about 1-inch thick - see notes)
  • grapeseed, or other neutral oil for the pan
  • salt and freshly grated black pepper


  • Add the wasabi and Tamari (or soy sauce) to a small sauté pan and use a small whisk to blend until it’s smooth.
  • Place the pan over low-medium heat and add the butter. Swirl the pan around until the butter has melted and is completely incorporated.
  • Whisk in the honey and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • While the glaze is cooling, cut the Ahi into small cubes, about 1-inch -- and season them with salt and pepper. (It's very easy to cut into cubes if it's semi-frozen. Just be sure they're thawed by the time you sear them.)
  • Coat the bottom of a medium-sized sauté pan with the oil and place it over high heat. Once the pan is very hot, add the Ahi and sear all but two opposing sides. (If you don't hear a sizzling sound when the tuna hits the pan, it's not hot enough -- wait for the sizzle!) Only cook it through a bit, less than ⅛-inch, probably no more than 10 seconds per side. You can use a fork to simply roll them to sear each side. You’ll want to remove them from the pan the instant they’re done, so doing this in small batches is a good idea. Place them directly on a plate or serving platter, raw side up. (You can also cut the tuna into strips, and slice them into cubes after searing them.)
  • Drizzle the cooled wasabi glaze over them, add toothpicks and serve.


The easiest way to make this recipe is to buy the Ahi frozen and cut it when it’s partially thawed — you’ll get nice even pieces. (After you cut it and before you sear it, let it thaw completely.)
You can also make this as an entrée -- simply sear (or cook a bit more if desired), ahi steaks -- about 5-ounces per person -- and drizzle the wasabi glaze over them.
Keywords party food, bite-sized hors d'oeuvres
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