Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna is one of those effortless dishes that never fails to impress. It’s elegant and makes quite the presentation, but is simple enough for a weeknight meal in under 15 minutes!
¼cuptoasted sesame seedsor a mix of white and black sesame seeds
To prepare the dipping sauce, finely chop cilantro. Using a microplane, grate the ginger and garlic into a small bowl. Add cilantro, soy sauce, water, brown sugar and sesame oil into the bowl and mix well.
To sear the tuna, season tuna steaks with salt and pepper, and coat the steaks with sesame seeds on both sides, pressing them down to stick to the fish.
Heat a medium stainless steel, or cast iron skillet, over medium high heat. Add oil to the heated skillet.
When the oil is shimmering hot, add tuna steaks and sear for 1-1.5 minutes. Flip and sear for another 1-1.5 minutes. (Feel free to cook a little longer to your desired doneness.)
At the last 30-seconds of cooking, add about half of the dressing into the skillet with tuna steaks. Cook for a few seconds, flip and sear for another couple seconds.
Remove the steaks onto a clean plate, slice and serve!
Side dish ideas: plain brown or white rice, thinly sliced carrots and daikon, shredded lettuce, or thinly sliced cabbage.
Note 1: The cooking time in this recipe is for 3/4-1-inch thick tuna steaks. I recommend good quality Ahi tuna steaks from trusted source as we’re serving it rare. If frozen, thaw completely in the fridge overnight.