Seared Sesame Seed Tuna

tunafinalFolks who eat oily fish twice a week live longer, boost brain development, and cut their risk of heart disease by about one-third. There are a host of other health benefits from eating oily fish, which provide omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the body, but we consider all of that lagniappe. We eat tuna steaks because they taste so good and are so easy to prepare!

Ingredients

  •  4 oz. fresh Ahi tuna steaks (about 1-inch thick)
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 bunch fresh chives, cut into 1-inch lengths, for garnish

Preparation

Mix salt, pepper and sesame seeds in a small bowl. Pat tuna steaks dry with a paper towel. Coat one side of each steak with sesame seed mixture. Put toasted sesame oil in a non-stick skillet and heat on medium heat for about 1 minute. Place tuna steak into hot oil. Sear 1-2 minutes, then turn. Sear another 1-2 minutes. (For very rare tuna, total cooking time will be about 3-4 minutes. For medium rare to medium tuna, total cooking time will be about 5-6 minutes.) Serve immediately with soy sauce for dipping. 

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