15+ Sauces for Ahi Tuna (Sauces that Go with Tuna)

When it comes to ahi tuna, its rich flavor and delicate texture are undeniable. Whether you enjoy it raw as sashimi or seared to perfection, ahi tuna deserves the perfect sauce to elevate its taste to new heights. Here are 15+ mouthwatering sauces for ahi tuna!

If you’re looking to add some excitement to your ahi tuna dishes, I’ve got you covered. With these 15 delectable sauces, you now have an array of options to enhance your ahi tuna dishes.

Whether you prefer a spicy kick, a tangy twist, or a creamy complement, these sauces will take your ahi tuna experience to new heights.

Keep reading to discover a sauce that you love. Then pair it with a couple fish side dishes, a perfect fish wine pairing, and you’re guaranteed an amazing dinner!

Let’s dive in!

The BEST Sauces for Ahi Tuna

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Mango Salsa:
For a tropical twist, top your ahi tuna with a vibrant mango salsa. The sweetness of the mango, combined with the freshness of lime juice and the heat of jalapenos, creates a delightful contrast that pairs wonderfully with the tuna.
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Ponzu Sauce:
A refreshing and citrusy sauce, ponzu combines soy sauce, citrus juice (usually from oranges or lemons), and a hint of sweetness. Its bright flavors complement ahi tuna beautifully.
Get the RECIPE from Culinary Hill
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Cilantro Lime Sauce:
Bright and refreshing, cilantro lime sauce adds a zesty kick to your ahi tuna. Blend fresh cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and a touch of honey for a sauce that balances tangy, herbal, and sweet flavors.
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Sesame Sauce:
To add an Asian flair to your ahi tuna, drizzle it with a sesame sauce. Made with toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, and a touch of sweetness, this sauce lends a nutty, savory flavor to your dish.
Get the RECIPE from Lindsey Eats LA
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Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde):
A spicy and versatile condiment. Made with jalapeno, cilantro, and fresh lime juice, plus Greek yogurt to give it a creamy texture. It's an amazing sauce for seared ahi.
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Ahi Tuna with Soy Ginger Lime Sauce
Soy Ginger Glaze:
The classic combination of soy sauce and ginger creates a versatile glaze that complements the natural flavors of ahi tuna. With a touch of sweetness, this glaze adds a delightful umami kick to your dish.
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Wasabi Mayo:
Ahi tuna and wasabi are a match made in heaven. Blend creamy mayonnaise with a generous amount of fiery wasabi to create a sauce that adds a spicy kick to your tuna.
Get the RECIPE from Celebration Generation
Teriyaki Glaze:
A classic choice, teriyaki glaze adds a savory and slightly sweet flavor to your ahi tuna. Brush it on before grilling or searing to create a caramelized and flavorful crust.
Get the RECIPE from Savory Experiments
Spicy Ahi Poke
Spicy Sriracha:
If you're a fan of heat, look no further than a spicy sriracha sauce. The tangy, garlicky flavor of sriracha brings out the natural flavors of ahi tuna and adds a fiery kick that will tantalize your taste buds.
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Grilled Ahi Tuna Steaks with Lemon Herb Butter - Hey Grill, Hey
Citrus Herb Butter:
For a rich and indulgent sauce, make a citrus herb butter to accompany your ahi tuna. Combine softened butter with lemon zest, minced garlic, and chopped herbs like parsley or dill. Let the butter melt over the warm tuna to create a luscious coating.
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Avocado Cream:
Creamy avocado provides a smooth and buttery texture that pairs beautifully with ahi tuna. Blend ripe avocado with Greek yogurt, lime juice, and a pinch of salt to create a velvety sauce that complements the tuna's richness.
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Thai Peanut Sauce:
For an explosion of flavors, try a Thai peanut sauce. Combining peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, and chili paste, this sauce adds a creamy, nutty, and slightly spicy dimension to your ahi tuna.
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Spicy Mango Habanero Sauce:
If you love a sweet and spicy combination, try a spicy mango habanero sauce. Blend ripe mangoes, habanero peppers, lime juice, and a touch of honey for a sauce that adds a tropical and fiery punch to your ahi tuna.
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Pineapple salsa served in fresh pineapple bowl.
Pineapple Salsa:
For a Southwestern twist, top your ahi tuna with a vibrant pineapple salsa. Combine pineapple, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, and a pinch of cumin for a flavorful and colorful sauce.
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Yuzu Kosho recipe (Citrus Chili paste) — Thread & Whisk
Yuzu Kosho:
Originating from Japan, yuzu kosho is a zesty and spicy paste made from yuzu citrus peel and chili peppers. Its bright and aromatic flavor pairs exceptionally well with ahi tuna, adding a unique and tangy twist to your dish.
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Chimichurri Sauce:
Looking for an easy ahi tuna recipe? This recipe for Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri Sauce, Arugula and Avocado is simple, healthy and delicious.
Get the RECIPE from Kitchen Confidante

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these ahi tuna sauces can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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15+ Sauces for Ahi Tuna

Whether you enjoy it as sashimi or seared, ahi tuna deserves the perfect sauce to elevate it. Here are 15+ mouthwatering sauces for ahi tuna! Try this sweet Mango Salsa. The bursts of acidity and brightness from the juicy fresh mangos, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion are delicious with ahi.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes



  • Toss all ingredients together until combined. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
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Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 3337IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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