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Best Tuna Tartare (Easy Ahi Tuna Recipe)

Perfectly chilled raw Ahi Tuna Tartare is a delightful appetizer to serve in the summertime. This nearly effortless recipe features sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks plus a handful of simple, vibrant ingredients for an elegant no-cook dish that’s ready in just 10 minutes.

tuna tartare recipe with plantain chips

What is Tuna Tartare?

Classic tuna tartare is an elegant appetizer that takes very little effort to make. This traditional tartare recipe is made with high-quality raw tuna and a few other select ingredients that really let the ahi shine. There is no cooking required, it’s prepared cold in about 10 minutes, and goes wonderfully with any number of tasty dippers.

Not only is this raw ahi tuna steak recipe totally safe to eat and incredibly delicious, it’s also a rather light and healthy dish that’s packed with protein.

raw tuna tartare on two plates with chips

Why This is the Best Tuna Tartare Recipe

We’ve used the least amount of ingredients with the greatest impact to offer a bold, mildly spicy flavor. Although the ahi tuna is a specialty item, the other components in our Tuna Tartare are staples you likely already have in your kitchen.

When purchasing the tuna, be sure to shop from a trustworthy source, since you will be eating it raw. Look for good quality sushi-grade or sashimi-grade ahi or yellowfin tuna.

In case you’re wondering: What’s the difference between ahi and yellowfin tuna? Not a thing! Yellowfin and ahi tuna are the same fish, just with different names.

scoop of chopped raw ahi tuna with seasonings

Ingredients You Need

Here are the 5 wholesome and simple ingredients you need to make the best ahi tuna steak tartare recipe:

  • Sushi-grade / sashimi-grade tuna steaksahi or yellowfin
  • Scallionschopped
  • Soy saucebe sure to choose a GF version to make this a gluten-free recipe
  • Spicy whole grain mustardagain, be sure to check the ingredients list if making a gluten-free Tuna Tartare
  • Sesame oiloptional, but terrific for an extra luscious consistency and flavor

You can also add French fried onions or sesame seeds to garnish. Either will add a nice bit of texture!

sushi-grade yellowfin chopped into cubes

How to Make Ahi Tuna Tartare

This refreshing raw yellowfin tuna recipe is ready in only 10 minutes. It’s best when enjoyed shortly after being prepared, or chilled for just a bit, so we recommend that you make it right before you plan to serve.

To make the best, most delicious tuna tartare, first cut the fresh and cold tuna steaks into ¼ – ½ inch cubes. Small, evenly-sized pieces will give you the best texture.

Place the cubes in a small mixing bowl.

cubes of yellowfin in a bowl

Add the chopped scallions, soy sauce, mustard, and sesame oil if using.

Gently mix, taking care to not mush the tuna. Serve right away or chill in the refrigerator (for up to one day) until ready to enjoy.

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ahi tuna steak recipe prepared in 10 minutes

To plate the Ahi Tuna Tartare, scoop a roughly 1/2 cup cup portion onto small appetizer dishes.

Pro Tip: If you would like to form the tartare into pretty disks like in the photos shown here, press the tuna into ramekins and then flip over onto plates.

small plate of raw tuna tartare

Sprinkle the tops with crushed French fried onions or other garnishes.

tuna tartare with french fried onions on a plate

What to Serve with Homemade Tuna Tartare

Serve fresh ahi tuna steak tartare with shrimp chips, banana or plantain chips, or crostini.

It makes a wonderful summer appetizer to enjoy with other luxurious main dishes. Try it as a starter before enjoying refreshing a Garlic Lime Roasted Shrimp Salad, Seared Scallops with Wilted Greens, or pair with a light green salad with Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing.

two plates of tuna tartare garnished with onions and served with plantain chips

Tartare Storage Tips

This Ahi Tuna Tartare recipe can be made a bit ahead of time, up to one day before serving. Keep in an airtight container before refrigerating.

However, do note that the taste and texture of the tuna is absolutely best when enjoyed shortly after preparing.

When the dish is made you are working with recently refrigerated and therefore cold tuna. I recommend that you enjoy right away while the tartare is still cold, or cover tightly and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to chill before serving.

You just want to be sure that the tuna does not sit out and become room temperature. This won’t taste very good and the raw fish will no longer be considered safe to eat.

finished plate of chopped yellowfin blended with soy sauce, mustard, seasonings and sesame oil, topped with french fried onions and served with chips

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Best Tuna Tartare (Ahi Tuna Recipe) + VIDEO

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
This nearly effortless recipe features sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks plus a handful of simple, vibrant ingredients for an elegant raw appetizer that's ready in just 10 minutes.
Servings: 6 small portions

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sushi-grade tuna steaks ahi or yellowfin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
  • Optional Garnish: 2 tablespoons crushed French fried onions

Instructions

  • Cut the tuna steaks into ¼ – ½ inch cubes. Place in a small mixing bowl.
  • Add the chopped scallions, soy sauce, mustard, and sesame oil if using. Gentle mix.
  • To serve: Place small portions on appetizer plates and sprinkle the tops with crushed French fried onions. If you would like to form the tartare into disks, press the tuna into ramekins, then flip over onto plates.
  • Serve with shrimp chips, plantain chips, or crostini.

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Notes

Look for a whole grain mustard with a kick and a slightly creamy consistency, like the one shown in the photos. If you can’t find spicy creamy whole grain mustard, use whatever whole grain mustard you can find and mix in a little Dijon mustard.
This Ahi Tuna Tartare recipe can be made a bit ahead of time, up to one day before serving. Keep in an airtight container before refrigerating.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.33cup, Calories: 121kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 393mg, Potassium: 212mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1672IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Main, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Author: Sommer Collier

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One comment on “Best Tuna Tartare (Easy Ahi Tuna Recipe)”

  1. this tuna recipe was such a great appetizer and everyone absolutely loved it!