Sesame encrusted tuna with sweet soy dipping sauce

    15 min

    Easy, delectable tuna coated with sesame seeds and quickly seared. This Japanese-inspired dish is served rare, so be sure your tuna is fresh and of good quality.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    • 4 tuna steaks
    • 8 tablespoons sesame seeds
    • wasabi paste
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, mirin, honey and sesame oil. Divide into two equal parts. Stir the rice vinegar into one part and set aside as a dipping sauce.
    2. Spread the sesame seeds out on a plate. Coat the tuna steaks with the remaining soy sauce mixture, then press into the sesame seeds to coat on both sides.
    3. Heat olive oil in a cast iron frying pan over high heat until very hot. Place steaks in the pan, and sear for about 30 seconds on each side. Serve with the dipping sauce and wasabi paste.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I added a little more honey, less sesame oil (would use a tablespoon or less), definitely used mirin, soy sauce (low sodium - it's what I have) and rice wine vinegar. Some wasabi paste added to the marinade and dipping sauce is a must for some zip. I cut the steaks so that they are about 1cm thick and sear for about 40 seconds. If they are thicker they burn before they even cook a little - I like them pink, not red in the middle. Don't bother with the sesame seeds - I've tried it both ways, they don't add much, and they pop all over the place when you sear the steaks and make a mess.  -  07 Aug 2008


    Delicious. I have been waiting to try this recipe for a while now. I only make fresh tuna for occasions and it was sensational. The sesame seeds were a great crunchy contrast to the tuna steaks. Seared them for only 30 seconds on each side. Hubby loved this...and I did too. (So did my 1 1/2 year old son who doesn't like fresh tuna). Will be used again and again. Thanks for the post.  -  07 Aug 2008


    Absolutely delicious! I served the tuna with the sauce, wasabi and sushi rice with bits of nori in it. I will definitely make it again! Thanks for publishing the recipe here!  -  22 May 2013