Chili-Espresso Rubbed Ahi Tuna

I have been a fan of fresh Yellowfin Tuna (ahi tuna) for as long as I can remember.  Since Tuna is one my favorite fish to eat, I target it on most if not all my fishing trips.

There is nothing like enjoying fresh tuna with an ice cold beer or glass of wine after long day of fishing in the Florida Keys. 

Recently I prepared fresh Yellowfin Tuna using the recipe below.  If you enjoy your tuna seared in spices or fully cooked, you will absolutly love this recipe.

Chili-Espresso Rubbed Ahi Tuna with Grilled Pineapple Salsa Tuna

4 8-oz, about 1.5 inch thick tuna filets
1 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP Espresso powder
1 TBSP Dark brown sugar
1.5 TSP garlic powder
1.5 TSP onion powder
1.5 TSP Cayenne pepper
Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Pineapple Salsa:
6 slices fresh pineapple, cut in rounds about 1/2 -3/4” thick
1/3 cup fresh tomatillo, diced
1 jalapeƱo pepper, diced
1 datil pepper, diced
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of One Lime
Sea salt

For tuna, mix all dry ingredients together well. Lightly oil fillets and coat each piece well with spice mix. Let sit for 30 minutes.  Heat grill to high heat and brush grates lightly with vegetable oil.. Sear tuna 1-2 minutes per side until nicely browned and middle is rare/medium rare. Grill pineapple slices until nicely carmelized on both sides.  Coarsely chop pineapple, mix together with tomatillo, jalapeno, datil, red onion, cilantro and lime juice, and sea salt to taste.Serve tuna fillets topped with grilled pineapple salsa.



2 comments: said...

This sounds like a great recipe and I love me some pineapple salsa!

Ryan said...

Try the pineapple salsa with chips. I love it.