Chili Garlic Ahi Tuna
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I’m a fan of spicy and sweet. Chili garlic ahi tuna recipe has both a little spice from the chili and a little sweet from the brown sugar. The perfect combo. When it comes to Asian flavors, this recipe is a no brainer because there are just 6 ingredients including the tuna. You can also use this marinade on any type of fish like cod, tilapia, salmon, or even add to pork, steak, or chicken. It’s very versatile, flavorful, and delicious. I like to serve my chili garlic ahi tuna with brown rice and sautéed bok choy. You can save some of the marinade before adding it all to the tuna to cook the bok choy with. Or check out another recipe for bok choy: Spicy Soy Sauce Bok Choy.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 16 ounces (1 pound) Ahi tuna
  • 3 Tbsp shallots
  • 3 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp chili garlic sauce (you can find this in the Asian section of the market)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Brown rice as side dish (optional)
  • Bok choy as side dish (optional)
  1. Make the marinade. Peel and coarsely slice the shallots. Peel and coarsely slice the ginger. Add the shallots, ginger, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce, and sesame oil to a food processor. Blend.
  2. Put the ahi tuna on a plate.
  3. Gently rub the marinade on the tuna. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours (you can marinate as short as 30 minutes or longer than 4 hours, too).
  4. Heat a broiler. Cook the tuna under the broiler for 4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve with brown rice and bok choy, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 ounces Calories: 187 Fat: 4.5 Saturated fat: 0.8 Carbohydrates: 8.7 Sugar: 6.9 Sodium: 105.3 Fiber: 0.1 Protein: 26.8 Cholesterol: 51
Recipe by Sarah Koszyk at