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Is there anything better than a filet of fresh tuna and a green salad on a hot day? We love fresh fish recipes because they are tasty and versatile, and meals with ahi tuna are no exception.

Best Ahi Tuna Recipe: Perfect Tuna Tartare

If you have some high-quality tuna, what better way to enjoy it than by preparing a tartare appetizer? Add some toasted sesame seeds for some extra texture, and use avocado for an exquisite flavour combination.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 12 ounces sushi-grade tuna
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds plus more for garnish
  • 3 green onions finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 avocado ripe
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • optional jalapeno minced
  • optional cilantro chopped


  • Cut the tuna into 1/3-inch cubes.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add diced tuna, toasted sesame seeds, green onions, lemon zest, and soy sauce. Mix well. Taste one piece of tuna and add more seasonings if needed.
  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit.
  • Scoop into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork until it’s slightly chunky.
  • Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, optional jalapeno, and cilantro. Mix until combined.
  • Taste test and add more salt if needed.
  • Place a food ring mold (you can make one at home with a plastic bottle) on a plate.
  • Add the avocado mixture at the bottom. Then add the tuna mixture on top. Gently pressing down to make sure there are no gaps. (You can also use a ramekin to shape your tartare. You’ll need to fill it with the tuna mixture and avocado mix. Then reverse it into the serving plate.)
  • Lift and remove the mold gently. Garnish with more sesame seeds and cilantro. Serve the tuna tartare immediately.