This quick fish dish is amazing. It’s really sexy food–rare tuna with toasted sesame seeds. It’s perfect sliced over a salad. February is American Heart Month, which conveniently coincides with Valentine’s Day. Why not feed someone you love this heart healthy + sexy dish on V-Day (or any other day)?
Use only fresh fish–and resist the urge to overcook.
Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna
- 2, 5-6 oz fresh tuna filets
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds (black, white, or a mix)
- salt + pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Heat a heavy pan over high heat until VERY hot (5-7 min). Pat the tuna dry with a paper towel and season with a little salt and pepper.
2. Place the sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Dredge each side of the filets in the sesame seeds and set aside.
3. Add the oil to the pan. Sear each filet for 1 minute, flip and sear the other side one minute. The sesame seeds should be dark and toasted; the inside of the fish should be bright pink. (Overcooked tuna is dry and unpleasant.)
4. Remove to a cutting board and thinly slice. Serve over a salad or with your favorite vegetables.
Note: I served the tuna over a salad with ginger dressing. A drizzle of sesame oil and chile paste would be lovely here, too.