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Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa. They’re cooked, they’re raw…they’re the best of both worlds!

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Life is so full of options. Do I go this way? Do I go that way?

Is there a route out there that I’ve never even heard of? Which way gets me there quicker?

How satisfied will I be when I get there? Is it about the journey or the destination? Which way do I gooooooooo? Options can be overwhelming.

This is why we sear things. It’s the best of all worlds.

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Oh wait, you were looking for a philosophical cure-all to your life’s perma-question. Yeah, none of those here…just the food. Which, if you’re me, is the cureall.

Cooked, raw. Cooked. Raw. In a world of possibilities, why not choose both? Oh hey, look at this seared ahi – it’s a cooked and raw cure-all.

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa make a mighty fine meal. Not only are these tacos fresh and easy, but from start to finish, they require no more than 20 minutes to fashion up. Searing ahi is the best way to eat ahi in my opinion.

You get the flavor crisp on the outside and the fish stays tender. I find cooking ahi through can be a bit tricky. It’s lean, which means there is little fat to keep it moist, resulting in a firmer fish when fully cooked.

Mango avocado salsa is a staple in my heart and home. It happens weekly, typically on girl’s night. In fact, my friends are looking at this post like, “ohhh, mango avacadah salsaaaaaa…how unpredictable, Julia.” <- – – they don’t have a Bostonian accent. 

We just talk at each other like this. So, this salsa. It’s a real flavor-maker. When I’m lazy, it’s feeding time, and/or there’s wine in my glass, you can bet this mango avocado salsa is what’s sealing the meal deal together. As in, we’re eating salsa on spring greens. And that is all.

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Truth: this isn’t a new-to-you recipe, as I posted Seared Ahi Tacos with Pineapple Salsa two years ago.

Nevertheless, every once in a while, you need a little refresher.  As in, every once in a while, I need to spoon-feed myself mango avocado salsa whilst I get a little sear on.

Sear your ahi and have the best of both worlds.

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

Yield: 6 Tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Seared Ahi Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa are a fresh, delicious light taco recipe!


For the Ahi:

  • 2 tablespoons to 3 grapeseed or canola oil
  • 1 pound sushi-grade ahi steak
  • Kosher salt and pepper

For the Mango Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

For the Tacos:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Chopped cilantro, optional
  • Fresh lime


To Prepare the Salsa:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir together to combine

To Sear the Ahi:

  1. In a medium-sized cast iron skillet, heat the oil to medium-high. Sprinkle the ahi steaks with kosher salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Carefully place the ahi steaks on the skillet and sear until crispy and the ahi is cooked about ¼” inch up the steak. Repeat for the other side.
  3. Place the ahi steaks on a cutting board and once cool enough to handle, use a sharp knife to cut the steaks.
  4. Heat the corn tortillas in the cast iron skillet. Place them on a plate and load them up with desired amount of ahi and mango avocado salsa.
Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

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Tuesday 20th of May 2014

Ok 1. these look bomb dot com. 2. Im glad im not the only one who revisits passed posts (because if they are awesome recipes, why not? and 3. Congrats. your photography, following and blog - in general- is lovely. Revisiting passed stuff should always remind you of how far you've come + all that you've accomplished!

Kate @Almond Butter Binge

Friday 16th of May 2014

Mango avocado salsa is one of my favorite summer foods! I have to make sure to hide a little bowl in the fridge whenever I make some — otherwise, my fiance eats all of it by himself :) Love the idea of pairing it with ahi! This might become a summer staple in my house...


Friday 16th of May 2014

Even as a vegetarian, I can appreciate some good seared ahi! (But don't tell the vegetarian brigade...) One less choice in life I have to make - always a good thing. And I choose to spoon that salsa into my mouth nonstop this summer. No judgment.

Alexis @ Hummusapien

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

I LEGIT just created a taco pinterest board just for you. I friggin love ahi tuna so these are just beyond perfection. I mean I can't even.

Allison @ Clean Wellness

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

I just posted a recipe with mango salsa! We're on the same brainwave -they must be in season or something. Hooray for tacos with mangos! Yours look amazing. I need to try corn tortillas immediately. I've never actually had them!

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