Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna

Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna


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Seared ahi tuna is one of those things you either love or hate. Personally, I love it and it's one of the things I could cook with my eyes closed. This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite restaurants, and is great when sliced thin and placed on a salad, or placed on a crusty loaf of bread and topped with some spicy mayonnaise.

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Time needed

1 hour preparation + 5 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

2 servings


  • 1/4 C. black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 C. white sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbs. sesame oil
  • 2 6-oz Ahi tuna steaks
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 lemon, wedged
  • 1/ 2 C. soy sauce
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs. cilantro, chopped

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Add the last six ingredients listed to a large shallow baking dish. Whisk with a fork to combine the marinade. Save half in a small bowl. 

Place the tuna into the baking dish and toss to coat with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. 

After an hour, allow the tuna to come to room temperature for 20 minutes. Remove the tuna from marinade and blot dry with paper towels. 

Heat a large saute pan with 1 Tbs. of sesame oil. While the pan heats up, roll the tuna steaks in a large dish filled with the sesame seeds. Make sure to coat all sides.

When the oil is glistening and very hot but not smoking, add the tuna steaks and gently shake the pan so the tuna doesn't stick. Sear for 45 seconds on each side, and immediately remove from the heat.

Serve with the reserved marinade and the wedged lemon.  

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