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10 Minute Sesame Crusted Tuna These sesame crusted and seared tuna steaks are marinated in a quick sauce, crusted in beautiful black sesame seeds, and seared in a hot skillet. Truly one of the quickest and easiest dishes you can make!

2 sesame crusted ahi tuna steaks sliced on a white plate

As I said in my Ahi Poke Bowl Recipe, I never would have thought I would be eating raw (or in this case rare) tuna steaks.  I have come to love Sesame Crusted Tuna so much that I have it on the regular.  Thankfully we live in a day and age that supports my habit because I can find tuna steaks almost everywhere.

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When I buy tuna for this recipe or for my diy ahi poke bowls, I buy already frozen tuna just to be on the safe side.  Most tuna is frozen as soon as it is caught, so buying it frozen doesn’t make any difference on how fresh the tuna is.

HOW TO MAKE SESAME CRUSTED TUNA

We start this recipe off by doing a quick marinade of the tuna in sesame oil and soy sauce.  The tuna absorbs the marinade very fast so we really only need to marinate them for a few minutes.

ahi tuna marinading in sesame oil and soy sauce on a white plate

While the tuna is soaking up the marinade, we can start to get our skillet hot and pull out a separate plate for the sesame seeds.  I like to use black sesame seeds because I love the way they look, but you can use white if you like, or a combo of the 2.

Now we can place the tuna steaks in the sesame seeds and get all sides coated.

tuna steaks on a plate full of sesame seeds

Crust the tuna steaks in the sesame seeds, then place them in the hot skillet.  If your skillet is not big enough for both steaks, then cook them one at a time.

We want to sear them on all sides for 1 minute.  This, in my opinion, is the perfect amount of time to cook your sesame crusted tuna steaks.  If you prefer them cooked a little longer, that is fine as well.

sesame crusted tuna steaks searing in a non stick skillet

Now we can remove the tuna steaks from the pan to a cutting board and slice them into 1/2 inch thick slices.

These are perfect eaten as is or served over an arugula salad with an asian inspired dressing.

2 sesame crusted ahi tuna steaks sliced on a white plate

10 Minute Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks

These sesame crusted and seared tuna steaks are marinated in a quick sauce, crusted in beautiful black sesame seeds, and seared in a hot skillet. Truly one of the quickest and easiest dishes you can make!
2 Net Carbs
2 Freestyle Points
5 from 2 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: asian
Keyword: seared ahi tuna recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 200kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 4 ounce Ahi Tuna Steaks
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Black sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Place the tuna steaks in a shallow plate or bowl.  Pour the sesame oil and soy sauce on top of the steaks and flip to coat in the sauce.  Set aside to marinate.  In a separate shallow bowl or plate, add the sesame seeds.
  • Place a non-stick skillet large enough for both steaks over medium-hi heat.  leave to get hot.
  • Coat each tuna steak in the sesame seeds on all sides.  Place in the hot skillet and sear for 1 minute on each side.  Remove from the skillet to a cutting board.  Slice in 1/2 inch thick slices.  

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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    • Shiho
    • May 23, 2019
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    We have similar called “Tataki” in Japan had this almost everyday, brings back my fond memory of my home country.

    • Jane Saunders
    • May 23, 2019
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    I love your photography in this post. You’ve really shown off the colour of the tuna using white crockery and the black sesame seeds. My mouth is watering and what’s so good is that even I can manage this recipe and I’m not great at cooking fish.

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