Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna with Grilled Avocados

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Major summertime vibes with this sesame seared ahi tuna ​&​ grilled avocados (tossed in a ginger ponzu sauce). Been spending a lot of time outside on the grill and this is the perfect summery, colorful recipe that stars the freshest California avocados.

Since I’ve been staying at home more often​,​ and spending way more time outdoors than I used to, I​’ve​ found a new passion for my grill. ​I’ve​been planting herbs and using them in all my recipes. I am absolutely loving this summer recipe filled with tons of flavor. Simple grilling techniques are used to grill the California avocados and everything is so quick. I love that it​’s​ light yet filling.

The dish comes together in 3 ways:
1. Sesame seared sushi grade ahi tuna: quick sear with sesame seeds and​ ​sesame oil.
2. Grilled California Avocados: sliced and grilled with avocado oil (grill marks​ ​galore)
3. Then tossed in my favorite ginger ponzu dressing: only 4 ingredients (grated ginger, soy sauce, rice​ ​wine vinegar and ponzu)

It​’s​ light, refreshing and comes together super quickly. For some extra crunch, throw in some​ ​wonton crackers. I am swooning over this recipe. I always love anything ahi tuna, and this recipe​ ​brings it to the next level with the grilled avocados and the tangy, gingery ponzu sauce. What my​ ​dreams are made of.  Read below for the full printable recipe.

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Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna with Grilled Avocados
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Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna with Grilled Avocados


For the Ahi Tuna

  • 1 pound sushi grade ahi tuna
  • 1/3rd cup white toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/3rd cup black sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

For the Grilled Avocados

Ginger Ponzu Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ponzu sauce
  • serve with jalapeño, green onions and crispy wontons


  • To begin, mix minced ginger, soy sauce, vinegar and ponzu in a bowl. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Peel completely and cut each half into another half (you should have 4 slices for 1 avocado) On a grill or grill pan, sear your avocados on medium-high heat with avocado oil until charred and grill marks form. Set aside and cool.
  • Take your ahi tuna and add in a plate with sesame oil and then coat it in a plate of sesame seeds. Sear in a skillet or on a grill 20-30 seconds on each side until the outsides of the ahi are a lighter brown color, while keeping the ahi medium rare inside. Remove from the skillet, cool and slice.
  • Serve with your grilled avocados and ginger ponzu dressing and top with jalapeño, green onions and crispy wontons!
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I am obsessed with California Avocados because of their creamy texture. They grill so perfectly and​ ​always last so well in my fridge for all the other uses (avocado toast, salad, the list goes on) and these​ ​are ALWAYS in my fridge. Since they are also locally grown in California, the quality and freshness is superior.

(You can make sure they​’re ​the right avocados because they​’​ll have a California logo on the sticker​ ​on the avocado).

This blog post is sponsored by the California Avocados Commission, but all opinions are my own.​ ​Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow Lindsey Eats LA to continue making delicious recipes!

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