How to make Seared Tuna (Aburi Maguro)

September 21, 2018

Seared tuna can be cooked at home with tuna that is sold in any supermarket. If you're unsure about eating raw fish, this recipe could be for you. Like a nice steak, the tuna is lightly cooked resulting in a delicate melt-in-the-mouth texture. The combination of the dipping sauce and marinade adds huge flavour and umami. It's a good choice for healthy diets and works great as an appetiser when entertaining guests. 

Appetiser for 2



  • 300 g of thick yellowfin tuna steak
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 spring onion
  • 60 ml of ponzu sauce
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
Sauce for marinade
Toppings (Optional)
  • Marinade the tuna in the sauce (soy sauce, sake, mirin) for about an hour.
  • Slice some garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes in oil and set to one side.
  • Sear tuna steak for 1 minute on each side.
  • Cut the tuna into 1 cm slices. You should see that the tuna is cooked rare.
  • Top with the fried garlic, freshly cut spring onion and ponzu sauce.
  • You add toppings such as chili oil, shiso perilla seasoning and sesame oil. 


You can also serve it on top of rice and make Aburi-maguro don! 


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