Furikake Ahi

Furikake Ahi

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Furikake ahi is the perfect companion for those who have enjoyed the mouthwatering fusion of furikake in poke bowls and are eager to expand their culinary horizons. This delicious dish showcases the beautiful marriage of tender tuna and the umami-rich Japanese seasoning. In this comprehensive guide, we will talk through the delicious dish of furikake-crusted tuna thru mouth watering recipes, and uncover the secrets to preparing perfect ahi steaks inspired by Hawaiian flavors. So, let's dive into the world of furikake ahi and discover new ways to enjoy this versatile seasoning.

Introduction to Furikake Ahi: A Flavorful Fusion of Tuna and Japanese Seasoning

Furikake ahi is a culinary delight that brings together the best of both worlds – the succulent, rich taste of ahi tuna and the irresistible, umami-packed flavors of furikake seasoning. Ahi, also known as yellowfin tuna, is a highly-prized fish known for its tender, flavorful flesh. Often served as sushi or sashimi, ahi tuna is equally delightful when paired with furikake in various cooked preparations. It is a popular fish used in dishes from poke to sushi and sashimi.

The Art of Furikake Crusted Ahi: Techniques for Perfectly Seared Tuna Steaks

Achieving a perfectly seared furikake-crusted ahi requires a combination of the right technique, high-quality ingredients, and a touch of finesse. Here's some tips on how you can create delectable furikake ahi steaks at home:

  1. Select the freshest ahi tuna available, preferably sushi-grade. This will ensure that your furikake ahi steak is tender, flavorful, and of the highest quality. Find your local fish market or look online if none are nearby.

  2. Prepare a simple marinade for the tuna using ingredients like soy sauce, chili oil (for a kick), sesame oil, and ginger. Allow the tuna to marinate for a short period, usually around 30 minutes or so to have it infused with flavor.

  3. Coat the marinated tuna steaks evenly with a layer of furikake seasoning, pressing gently to ensure it adheres well to the fish. This furikake crust adds an extra layer of crunch to the soft fish.

  4. Preheat a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, adding a small amount of oil to the pan.

  5. Sear the furikake-crusted ahi steaks for 1-2 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the steaks and your desired level of doneness. The goal is to achieve a crispy, golden crust while maintaining a tender, rare to medium-rare center.

Nico's Furikake Ahi Recipe: A Taste of Hawaii in Your Kitchen

One of the most popular furikake ahi recipes comes from the renowned Nico's Pier 38 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their signature dish features a succulent furikake-crusted ahi tuna that has become a local favorite. To recreate this iconic Hawaiian recipe at home, follow these simple steps:


4 sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks (6-8 oz each)

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup mirin

1/4 cup sake

2 tsp grated ginger

2 cups furikake seasoning

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp unsalted butter


  1. In a shallow dish, mix the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and grated ginger to create a marinade. For a spicy variation add your desired spices or something like chili crisp. Place the ahi tuna steaks in the marinade, ensuring they are fully coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Remove the ahi tuna steaks from the marinade and let any excess liquid drip off. Coat each steak evenly with furikake seasoning, pressing gently to ensure it adheres to the fish.

  3. Preheat a non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and butter to the pan, allowing the butter to melt and become slightly foamy.

  4. Carefully place the furikake-crusted ahi steaks in the hot skillet and sear for 1-2 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the steaks and your desired level of doneness. The goal is to achieve a crispy, golden crust while maintaining a tender, rare to medium-rare center.

  5. Remove the furikake ahi steaks from the skillet and allow them to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve with steamed rice, a side of mixed greens, grilled veggies, or any other side you prefer. Don’t forget the sauce! Try this one as a node to garlic cilantro dip.

  6. Now, you can enjoy a taste of Hawaii in your own kitchen by recreating Nico's famous furikake ahi recipe. With its irresistible combination of flavors and textures, this dish is sure to become a household favorite!

Versatility of Furikake Ahi: Delicious Variations for Furikake Tuna Steaks

Furikake ahi is an incredibly versatile dish, allowing you to experiment with various flavors, ingredients, and cooking methods. Here are some delightful variations to try:

Furikake Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Aioli: Add an extra layer of flavor to your furikake ahi by serving it with a dollop of wasabi aioli. The creamy, spicy sauce complements the crispy furikake crust and tender tuna perfectly.

Furikake Ahi Salad: Transform your furikake ahi steak into a filling and nutritious meal by serving it atop a bed of mixed greens, avocado, cucumber, and edamame, drizzled with a tangy ponzu or classic sesame dressing.

Furikake Ahi Poke Bowl: Combine elements from the furikake poke world by serving your furikake ahi atop sushi rice to create a donburi or another base of your choice, along with additional toppings like pickled ginger, seaweed salad, and spicy mayo.

Creative Twists on Furikake Ahi: Exciting New Ways to Enjoy This Hawaiian Favorite

Looking to explore new ways to enjoy furikake ahi? We've got you covered! Here are some creative ideas for an entirely new furikake ahi experience:

Ahi Furikake Tacos: Combine the flavors of Hawaii and Mexico by serving your furikake ahi in a taco. Fill soft flour or corn tortillas with seared furikake ahi, shredded cabbage, diced avocado, and a drizzle of Sriracha mayo for an unforgettable fusion dish.

Furikake Ahi Sushi Burrito: Create a sushi-inspired burrito by wrapping seared furikake ahi, sushi rice, cucumber, avocado, and a touch of spicy mayo in a sheet of nori. This is a perfect on-the-go meal or a unique addition to your next sushi night.

Furikake Ahi Lettuce Wraps: For a low-carb alternative, serve your seared furikake ahi in lettuce cups. Top the ahi with a colorful and crunchy slaw made from shredded carrots, red cabbage, and green onions, then drizzle with a tangy ponzu sauce for a burst of flavor.

Furikake Ahi Pizza: Create a Hawaiian-style pizza by using furikake ahi as your star topping as an alternative to ham. Add a drizzle of teriyaki sauce on a prepared pizza crust, then add a layer of mozzarella cheese, seared furikake ahi, sliced red onions, and pineapple chunks. Bake until the cheese is bubbly and golden for a taste of the islands in every bite.

Furikake Ahi Quinoa Bowl: For a protein-packed and nutritious meal, serve your seared furikake ahi over a bed of cooked quinoa. Serve it with steamed or roasted vegetables, such as broccoli, bell peppers, or zucchini, and garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil.

Furikake Crusted Anything: Don’t stop at just ahi, crust everything with your favorite furikake! Try it on furikake salmon, or chicken furikake, or use it in your fried chicken batter, the options are limitless.

These creative twists on furikake ahi showcase the versatility of this flavorful Hawaiian favorite, allowing you to experiment with new flavors and textures while enjoying the delectable combination of ahi tuna and furikake seasoning. Happy cooking!


In conclusion, furikake ahi is a versatile and flavorful dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of creative ways. From classic preparations like Nico's furikake ahi recipe to innovative twists like furikake ahi tacos and sushi burritos, there's no limit to the culinary possibilities this Hawaiian favorite has to offer. By exploring different cooking techniques and incorporating unique ingredients, you can elevate your furikake ahi experience and bring a taste of the islands to your kitchen. So, gather your friends and family, and embark on a delicious journey through the vibrant world of furikake ahi. Happy cooking! 

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