Seared Little Tunny & Ceviche Salad

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Seared Little Tunny & Ceviche Salad

Traditional ceviche uses raw fish marinated / cooked in citrus.  This tuna ceviche recipe sears the little tunny first and makes the salad separate – thus using less citrus than in a “real” ceviche, and changing up the flavors & textures.

Our fisherman / fishmonger – Mark Marhefka at Abundant Seafood in Charleston recently caught & brought in little tunny (false albacore) for our CSF (community supported fishery).  It is a common “smaller” tuna in the Atlantic Ocean and best eaten marinated in citrus or seared & rare.  Little tunny is…. well, little.  You want the pan to be smoking hot so the sear doesn’t cook the fish through.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 35 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Coastal


  • 1 1/2 lb Little Tunny / False Albacore, 4 pieces
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 small jalapeno, finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp red onion, diced
  • 3 green onions, sliced on the bias (diagonal)
  • 1 1/2 limes, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp e.v. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch ground black pepper


  • Lightly salt & pepper the fish.
  • In a large bowl add the olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper and mix.  Add all other ingredients except the avocado and fish.  Stir and gently fold in the avocado to the mixture.  Add sea salt to taste and add a little more lime juice if you like it tangier.
  • Bring a large nonstick pan to medium high heat and add a touch of oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.  When sizzling hot, add little tunny steaks and sear on all sides (usually three sides).  Sear for ~ 1 minute on each side and gently flip.
  • Plate the ceviche salad and add the seared fish on top.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


  • If you are making this ahead of time, do everything as is, but save the avocado for dicing & stirring in right before serving.
  • When searing fish or meat at high heat use a high heat oil like grapeseed, vegetable, or safflower oil.


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Keywords: Tuna, Little Tunny, Fish, Seafood, Ceviche, False Albicore, Coastal, Low Country, Gluten Free, Paleo, Whole 30, Dairy Free, Keto, Pescatarian

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Seared Little Tunny & Ceviche Salad

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