Seared Ahi Tuna with Wusabi Butter & Japanese Soba Noodles

Every sunday I like to cook something a little more special than my weekday meals–and challenge myself to something more ‘gourmet’ and different–so this sunday I decided to attempt to make ahi tuna for the first time ever. I found some wild Hawaii’n ahi at Costco  which was safe to prepare rare–so I decided to sear it and serve it up with a simple wasabi butter sauce. I also made some Japanese soba noodles with garlic that were AMAZING! So, this ended up being one of the most delicious and fastest sunday dinners I have ever made–and it was such a perfect meal for summertime grilling too!

I also love this recipe because it can be easily adapted to how much heat you can take… a tiny pea size of wasabi paste for me, and half the tube for my hubby kept us both happy! If I let him, he’d probably eat the wasabi paste with chips, I can hear him now, saying: “This Japanese Guac’ is delicious!” Haha, i’m kidding! Kind of..

So here are the recipes, {Adapted from whatagirleats.com] 
Ingredients:
2 Ahi tuna filets
Sesame/Vegetable oil
2 Tbsp Unsalted butter
wasabi paste (amount according to desired heat)

Directions: Brush the fish lightly with sesame oil [this will help it not stick to the pan, and also help the sesame seeds adhere to it better].P.S. How uneven filets can you get??! My size was perfect… his was almost as big as the plate!!

Dip the edges of the ahi in sesame seeds, black or white (or both). 

Heat a grill pan, or outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Sear the fish for two minutes on the first side (without moving it), turn it over carefully (so the seeds don’t all fall off) and sear it again on the other side for two minutes, again without moving it or turning it. The interior of the fish should be  dark pink/red. 

To make the wasabi butter: melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, and stir in the wasabi paste (taste and add more according to your personal liking). Serve immediately on the tuna filets with pickled ginger For the Garlic Soba Noodles:
1/2 pound cooked spaghetti noodles
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
handful of fresh chopped cilantro

Directions:
Cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Melt the butter and garlic, cook on low for just a minute or two, add sesame oil and soy sauce and toss with the cooked noodles. Toss onions and cilantro, season to taste.Serve alongside the ahi tuna filets
Here’s my filet with so little wasabi paste you can hardly see it! It was still delicious though!

Hope you all enjoy this recipe! It’s a great one to have on hand this summer-time, and for when you need a delicious & elegant dinner in minutes!! (10 to be exact!) I think it took longer to make my kids mac n cheese!!

<3 Sarah