Easy Sesame Crusted Tuna

Elegance and great taste belie the ease of preparation of Sesame Crusted Tuna. Drizzle with a quick ginger lime soy sauce for even more flavor.
Elegance and great taste belie the ease of preparation of Sesame Crusted Tuna. Drizzle with a quick ginger lime soy sauce for even more flavor.

How are you handling the coronavirus challenges? It’s a scary and difficult time, that’s for sure. But I’m trying to make some proverbial lemonade by upping my cooking game. Yes, a few times a week, I’m making a restaurant quality dinner at home. 

And since I’ve been kind of distracted (anyone else feeling this way?), I’m trying to focus on good recipes that aren’t too complicated. This Sesame Crusted Tuna is perfect!Elegance and great taste belie the ease of preparation of Sesame Crusted Tuna. Drizzle with a quick ginger lime soy sauce for even more flavor.

I was lucky to have sashimi grade tuna in the freezer (from my Community Supported Fishery, Sitka Salmon—thanks guys!). Along with the black and white sesame seeds already in the cupboard (for my White Wheat Slider Rolls). I didn’t even need to go shopping–especially nice in the days of grocery washing!

The recipe was super simple, just roll the tuna in sesame seeds and sear. Serve with a three ingredient sauce. I thought my husband, who’s in sushi withdrawal (first world problems, I know) had gone to heaven! Once I tasted, I was pretty excited too! 

Sear

Then slice. Easy peasy!

Are you learning anything new about yourself from the Covid crisis? Well, I’ve learned that I’m a really spontaneous cook. Until now, I didn’t realize how often I popped into the store for just an item or two. So now I’m focused on using up things that I have around, making substitutions for things I’m missing and planning ahead. It’s something I know I should keep doing when this is all over.

Yup, one slightly emptier freezer and a great dinner is a win-win. Now if I can just figure out how to cook the pig’s head I got with my half pig purchase (Yes really, stay tuned)! Elegance and great taste belie the ease of preparation of Sesame Crusted Tuna. Drizzle with a quick ginger lime soy sauce for even more flavor.

Sesame Crusted Tuna

Sesame Crusted Tuna

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Elegance and great taste belie the ease of preparation of Sesame Crusted Tuna. Drizzle with a quick ginger lime soy sauce for even more flavor.

Ingredients

Tuna:

  • 3 Tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 24 ounces sashimi grade tuna (see note)
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • Salt, pepper

Sauce:

  • 3 T soy sauce,
  • 3 T lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger

Instructions

  1. Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine the black and white sesame seeds and stir to mix.
  3. Pat tuna dry.  Season with salt and pepper and dredge in the sesame seeds, coating the tuna evenly.
  4. Pour oil into a frying pan on medium-high heat, and heat until the oil is starting to smoke. Place tuna in the pan and cook until the white sesame seeds start to turn golden underneath, about 1 minute. Turn the tuna and cook the other side about another minute.  (Mine was roughly triangular, so I browned on 3 sides).
  5. Transfer the tuna to a cutting board and cut into 1⁄4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the tuna on individual plates, overlapping the slices. Serve immediately using the sauce for dipping or pouring over the slices.

Notes

If needed, cut tuna into 12-ounce “logs” or 6-ounce steaks

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 1075mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 41g

Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.

4 thoughts on “Easy Sesame Crusted Tuna

  1. David Scott Allen

    Oh, how this looks so wonderful. I wish I had fish like that in my freezer! Not that we are starving here, in Tucson. In fact, I think we’re gaining weight! Funny, we both chose ginger and soy for our main flavors this weekend! Great minds think a like, Inger!

    1. Inger Post author

      I can’t wait to get over and check that out David! But it sounds like you might be right in line with everyone else on the weight. Never seen so many weight jokes on Facebook…

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