Seared Cuban style ahi tuna recipe

Ahi TunaWith my Florida roots, I love all things Cuban. The Cuban culture has firmly ensconced itself into the roots of Florida cooking and I’m there to welcome it with open arms. And mouth. The uniqueness comes from their slow-cooked dishes like Ropa Vieja, roasted pork rubbed with warm, aromatic spices and the pervasive use of their bountiful citrus in Mojo dishes.

This Cuban style ahi tuna recipe reflects the best of what the cuisine offers — lime, garlic and cumin. Serve it with a crisp Pinot Gris, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, Italian Chianti or a hoppy IPA.

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Seared Cuban style Ahi Tuna


1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 teaspoon fresh
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon fresh garlic, minced (about 4 cloves)
4 6-ounce ahi tuna steaks
1 teaspoon olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Combine juice, spices and garlic in a shallow dish. Add fish and turn to coat completely. Cover and allow to marinate 45 minutes in the fridge. Turn fish occasionally.
2. Preheat cast iron skillet or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Remove fish from dish (discard marinade) and place on a plate. Brush oil over fish and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.
3. Cook fish 3-4 minutes each side or until the fish is medium rare.

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