Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna

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

serves 2


  • 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.



3 thoughts on “Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna

  1. JoshJ15 says:

    Vivibug–thank you! It’s really quite a lovely way to eat tuna!
    As for the salad, it’s really up to you. I’d keep it simple. For example, in the salad pictured, I used a spring mix, cucumber and scallions (carrots would be good, too!). Baby spinach or bibb lettuce would be another option.

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