Seared Tuna Steak with Sesame

Enjoy the bold flavors and tender texture of Seared Tuna Steak with Sesame, a gourmet dish that’s surprisingly simple to prepare. With a perfectly seared exterior and a delicate sesame crust, this recipe is sure to impress your taste buds.

This recipe typically serves 4 people, with each person enjoying one tuna steak. Adjust the quantities based on your needs or the number of servings you require. Enjoy your gourmet Seared Tuna Steak with Sesame!

Seared Tuna Steak with Seasame Recipe


For the Tuna Steaks:

  • 4 tuna steaks, about 6 ounces each and 1 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Serving:

  • Sliced green onions (scallions), for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for serving


1. Marinate the Tuna Steaks:

  • In a shallow dish, combine the soy sauce and sesame oil.
  • Place the tuna steaks in the marinade, turning to coat both sides evenly.
  • Let the tuna marinate for 15-30 minutes at room temperature, allowing the flavors to infuse into the fish.

2. Toast the Sesame Seeds:

Sesame-seared tuna

  • While the tuna is marinating, heat a dry skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the sesame seeds to the skillet and toast them for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until they turn golden brown and fragrant.
  • Remove the toasted sesame seeds from the skillet and transfer them to a plate to cool.

3. Sear the Tuna Steaks:

  • After marinating, remove the tuna steaks from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Season both sides of each tuna steak with salt and black pepper.
  • Heat olive oil or vegetable oil in a skillet or grill pan over high heat until it’s very hot.
  • Carefully place the tuna steaks in the hot skillet and sear them for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they develop a golden-brown crust while remaining rare in the center. Be careful not to overcook the tuna, as it should still be pink in the middle.

4. Coat with Sesame Seeds:

Sesame-crusted tuna

  • Once the tuna steaks are seared to your liking, remove them from the skillet and immediately press them into the toasted sesame seeds on both sides, coating them evenly.
  • Transfer the sesame-crusted tuna steaks to a cutting board and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.

5. Serve:

  • Slice the seared tuna steaks thinly against the grain.
  • Arrange the slices on a serving platter and garnish with sliced green onions (scallions).
  • Serve the Seared Tuna Steak with Sesame immediately, accompanied by lime wedges for squeezing over the tuna just before eating.

Pro Chef Tips:

  • Use high-quality tuna steaks for the best flavor and texture. Look for fresh or frozen tuna labeled as sushi-grade or sashimi-grade.
  • To achieve a perfect sear on the tuna steaks, make sure your skillet or grill pan is very hot before adding the fish. This helps create a flavorful crust while keeping the interior tender.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, drizzle the sliced tuna steaks with a little extra soy sauce or a splash of lime juice just before serving.
  • Serve the Seared Tuna Steak with Sesame alongside your favorite side dishes, such as steamed rice, stir-fried vegetables, or a fresh salad.