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Sliced pan seared sesame crusted tuna steak and served on a black dinner plate with a side of asparagus and soy sauce in a bowl for dipping.

Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks

Katerina | Diethood
Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks are marinated in a delicious honey and soy sauce, crusted in sesame seeds, and seared in a hot skillet.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 4 ahi tuna steaks, about 1.5-inch thick (thawed, if using frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Pat dry the ahi tuna steaks with paper towels.
  • Place the steaks in a large plastic zip top bag.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the soy sauce, sesame seed oil, mirin, honey, rice vinegar, and salt; remove half of the sauce/marinade and transfer it to a small serving bowl. Set it aside.
  • Pour the rest of the marinade into the plastic bag with the tuna.
  • Close the bag and massage the liquid around to coat the tuna steaks. Let stand 10 minutes. (You can also refrigerate overnight.)
  • In the meantime, in a small bowl combine the sesame seeds, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Sprinkle all sides of the tuna steaks with the sesame seeds mix, pressing down to adhere.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.
  • Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to the hot skillet and heat it up.
  • Place the tuna steaks in the hot pan, pressing them down with a metal spatula; cook for about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes for rare, or 2 minutes for medium-rare.
    (I suggest to cook two tuna-steaks at a time.)
  • Using tongs, sear the sides for about 20 to 30 seconds per side, while holding the fish with the tongs.
  • Transfer the tuna steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 3 minutes.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice and serve with the reserved sauce.


Nutrition info is approximate.


Calories: 362 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 43 g | Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 65 mg | Sodium: 969 mg | Potassium: 530 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 3713 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 111 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Net Carbs: 9 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: ahi tuna steak recipe, how to cook tuna steaks, seared tuna