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Seared ahi tuna served with rice and salad.

Seared Ahi Tuna

This seared ahi tuna is sashimi grade fish coated in sesame seeds, then briefly cooked to tender and flavorful perfection. Add a drizzle of sauce and some fresh herbs for a light and delicious dinner option.
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 263kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 pound ahi tuna steaks
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions, chopped cilantro or a combination of the two


  • Place the sesame seeds on a plate and stir to combine.
  • Season the tuna steaks with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place each tuna steak on the plate of sesame seeds and press the seeds all over the fish.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan over high heat.
  • Add the tuna steaks to the pan. Cook for 30-60 seconds per side.
  • Remove the tuna from the pan. Let rest for 3 minutes then cut into slices.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the sliced tuna. Top with green onions or cilantro, then serve.



Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2475IU | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg