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
For 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.
For tuna steaks:
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!
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.