Sesame Encrusted Tuna – 3 Ways

Nothing is easier and more delicious than Sesame Encrusted Ahi Tuna that has been lightly seared and served rare with some tangy ginger soy dipping sauce. Encrusting the tuna with sesame seeds provides an Asian flair, protecting the meat during the sear and adding a nutty flavor as the seeds toast. Searing happens quickly with tuna – only 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. I will show you 3 ways to serve this – 2 appetizers and as a main course.

Tuna steaks (2-4}
2 teaspoons each black and white sesame seeds
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper
Large skillet

Preheat the skillet over a medium heat. While skillet is heating spread the sesame seeds in a shallow dish.
Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper. Then dip the sides of the tuna into the sesame seeds to form a crust.

When the pan is hot, add the oil and allow to heat until it shimmers. Add the tuna steaks. Sear for 1 minute and 30 seconds, flip the tuna and sear the other side for just 1 minute. After each side is seared, remove from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Do Not Overcook!!! Tuna should still be red and rare inside. Serve with dipping sauce. (Recipe follows)

Ginger soy dipping sauce:

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Can be used immediately or covered tightly and used later. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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