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Grilled Ahi Tuna with Cilantro Pesto

A quick and easy recipe for Grilled Yellowfin Tuna steaks. The cilantro pesto is the perfect complement to the mild, meaty flavor of the tuna.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Pacific Northwest
Keyword: Ahi Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna
Servings: 4


  • 24 ounces Yellowfin Tuna Steaks about 1" thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons canned diced green chilies


  • Combine cilantro leaves, green onions, garlic, chili powder,cayenne pepper, lime juice, olive oil and green chilies in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Rinse tuna under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Rub with olive oil then salt and pepper.
  • Grill over high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until the outside changes color to opaque, leaving the center rare.
  • Serve with pesto.