Rikumo Recipe: Pan-Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Citrus & Ginger

Pictured: Keiichi Tanaka's Chamfer Dish,  Kitchen Towel  in Yellow,  Tarala Ceramic Sauce Dish  and  Albata Spoon. 

Pictured: Keiichi Tanaka's Chamfer Dish, Kitchen Towel in Yellow, Tarala Ceramic Sauce Dish and Albata Spoon. 

November may be synonymous with turkey and gravy, but we’ve always liked to do things a little differently. Here, we give you our spin on the traditional holiday dinner: a sophisticated, pan-seared dish that’s as easy as it is elegant, featuring our new Iwachu Cast Iron Pan.


Pan-Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Citrus & Ginger
Serves 4  

Citrus Marinade

  • 4 sushi-grade yellowfin tuna steaks (1-inch thick)
  • 1 Tbsp Yuzu juice*
  • 2 Tbsp saké
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar

Yellowfin Tuna with Citrus & Ginger

  • 2-inch piece of ginger, grated with a Microplane
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated with a Microplane
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp Yuzu juice*
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp grapeseed oil 2 green onions, sliced
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

*If Yuzu is not available, substitute with grapefruit juice.



  1. Rinse the fish under cold water and pat dry. Add the fish to a non-reactive dish just large enough to hold the steaks in a single layer.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the yuzu juice, saké, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar and then pour over the fish. Marinate the fish for 30 minutes, flip, and marinate for 30 minutes more.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ginger, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, yuzu juice, honey, and 3 Tbsp olive oil. Season with 1 tsp flaky sea salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.

4. Remove the fish from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides of the fish with 2 tsp kosher salt and 1 tsp pepper, divided among the steaks.

5. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add 2 Tbsp of grapeseed oil and two of the steaks. Cook until deeply seared, about 1 minute.

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6. Flip the steaks and cook until the internal temperature reaches 110 (rare), about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining steaks, adding more grapeseed oil as needed.

7. Transfer the fish to a serving platter, spoon the ginger-citrus mixture all over and sprinkle with the green onions. Serve warm.

8. Enjoy!