Seared Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna


I have tried several different recipes for making ahi tuna and was disappointed every time. So I have blended several things about other recipes to create this. I'm sure this isn't completely original, but it is original to me. This can be served as a main course with some rice and asparagus (or stir-fry vegetables) or as an appetizer. I like a little soy sauce for dipping, but there are many other spicier dipping sauces you could use.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 4 (6 ounce) sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks

  • 1 ½ teaspoons blackened seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil


  1. Rinse tuna and pat dry. Place in a prep dish and sprinkle both sides with blackened seasoning. Brush teriyaki sauce on all sides of the tuna to glaze it.

  2. Mix white and black sesame seeds together in a shallow dish. Dredge tuna in the sesame seeds until all sides are coated.

  3. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat until smoking. Arrange tuna in the pan and cook for 30 to 45 seconds. Flip and cook for another 3o to 45 seconds; do not overcook!

  4. Quickly transfer tuna to a cutting board and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices. Arrange tuna on individual plates, overlapping slices slightly. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Use tuna steaks that are 1-inch thick. I like Chef Paul Prudhomme(R) blackened seasoning, but you can use any or make your own.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
11g Fat
3g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 586mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 808mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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