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!


  •  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


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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