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Craft Beer Times | Add a Bold Hop Flavor to Your Tuna Aguachile with IPA

Add a Bold Hop Flavor to Your Tuna Aguachile with IPA

Add a Bold Hop Flavor to Your Tuna Aguachile with IPA

The Perfect Pairing: Ahi Tuna Aguachile and IPA

The Basics of Ahi Tuna Aguachile

Aguachile is a Mexican dish that features raw seafood marinated in citrus and chilies. Ahi Tuna Aguachile is a variation of this dish that uses fresh raw tuna as the star. The preparation involves marinating the tuna in a combination of lime juice, jalapeños, and cilantro. Fresh sliced cucumber is typically added for a refreshing crunch.

Why IPA Pair Perfectly with Ahi Tuna Aguachile

The bold and hoppy flavors of an IPA perfectly complement the spicy and zesty flavors of Ahi Tuna Aguachile. The richness of the tuna is balanced by the bitter and refreshing quality of the beer. An IPA can also cut through the acidity in the dish and enhance the more subtle flavors.

Cooking with IPA: Ahi Tuna Aguachile Recipe


– 1 lb of Sashimi-grade Ahi Tuna
– 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice
– 1 jalapeño, sliced
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves
– 1 cucumber, sliced thinly
– 1 can of IPA beer
– Salt and black pepper to taste
– Tostadas or tortilla chips for serving


1. Begin by slicing the Ahi Tuna into bite-sized slices and arranging on a large plate or platter.

2. In a blender or food processor, combine the lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse until everything is chopped and blended together.

3. Pour the cilantro-lime mixture over the tuna, making sure to evenly coat each piece. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour.

4. In a small pot, pour the IPA beer and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the beer has reduced by half and become syrupy, this should take around 10-12 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

5. Once the tuna has marinated, remove from the fridge and top with sliced cucumber. Drizzle the reduced IPA beer over the top of the dish.

6. Serve the Ahi Tuna Aguachile with tostadas or tortillas chips for scooping. Enjoy with a cold IPA for the perfect pairing.


Cooking with IPA can elevate the flavors of a dish, particularly Ahi Tuna Aguachile. The combination of fresh raw tuna, citrus, and spice, paired with the bold and hoppy flavors of an IPA create a meal that is not only delicious but unique and memorable. Give it a try and see for yourself why Ahi Tuna Aguachile is the perfect pairing for IPA.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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