Rating: 4.69 stars
516 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 396
  • 4 star values: 92
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2

Easy, great tasting tuna coated with sesame seeds, and quickly seared. This tuna is served rare, so be sure to use a good quality fresh tuna.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, mirin, honey and sesame oil. Divide into two equal parts. Stir the rice vinegar into one part and set aside as a dipping sauce.

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  • Spread the sesame seeds out on a plate. Coat the tuna steaks with the remaining soy sauce mixture, then press into the sesame seeds to coat.

  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot. Place steaks in the pan, and sear for about 30 seconds on each side. Serve with the dipping sauce and wasabi paste.

Nutrition Facts

422 calories; protein 44.1g; carbohydrates 13.2g; fat 20.7g; cholesterol 77.2mg; sodium 1045.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (367)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2007
This was a great recipe, with some recommendations. I added a little more honey, less sesame oil(would use a tablespoon or less), definitely used mirin, soy sauce(low sodium - it's what I have) and rice wine vinegar. Some wasabi paste added to the marinade and dipping sauce is a must for some zip. I cut the steaks so that they are about 1/2 to 3/4" thick and sear for about 40 seconds. If they are thicker they burn before they even cook a little - I like them pink, not red in the middle. Preheat cast iron, but be sure to turn down the head to medium high or you will have smoke and smoke alarms going off. Sesame Seeds - don't bother - I've tried it both ways, they don't add much, and they pop all over the place when you sear the steaks and make a mess. ( I lightly toasted them first - so if you have to have them - toast them, then dip the seared steaks just before you serve, and save yourself a lot of clean up. I served with plain rice or long grain and wild rice. Great to sop up the dipping sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2012
A good dish. However, I wanted to warn against using olive oil for searing. There's a good bit of debate over whether olive oil is suitable for frying. Virgin olive oil on its own is a very healthy fat, but when heated past its smoking point - the temperature at which fats begin to break down, unique to each variety of fat - it can potentially do you more harm than good. Estimates can vary, but I've usually seen olive oil's smoking point cited between about 375-450 degrees fahrenheit, depending on the type. Searing can involve temperatures twice that high. So that's something to consider. Read More
(13)
516 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 396
  • 4 star values: 92
  • 3 star values: 20
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2007
This was a great recipe, with some recommendations. I added a little more honey, less sesame oil(would use a tablespoon or less), definitely used mirin, soy sauce(low sodium - it's what I have) and rice wine vinegar. Some wasabi paste added to the marinade and dipping sauce is a must for some zip. I cut the steaks so that they are about 1/2 to 3/4" thick and sear for about 40 seconds. If they are thicker they burn before they even cook a little - I like them pink, not red in the middle. Preheat cast iron, but be sure to turn down the head to medium high or you will have smoke and smoke alarms going off. Sesame Seeds - don't bother - I've tried it both ways, they don't add much, and they pop all over the place when you sear the steaks and make a mess. ( I lightly toasted them first - so if you have to have them - toast them, then dip the seared steaks just before you serve, and save yourself a lot of clean up. I served with plain rice or long grain and wild rice. Great to sop up the dipping sauce. Read More
(323)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2005
Awesome. I thawed frozen Ahi from Costco. This tastes almost like steak! Don't have iron skillet - used non-stick. Didn't have mirin - used sweet vermouth. Still perfect. This recipe rocks because my house doesn't stink like fish as long as I use the pan's lid while cooking! I split more like 30/70 for the sauce, because we like extra to put on our rice (and there is still plenty to dredge the fish in). I "dry" the fish with paper towels after thawing so it will absorb more of the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2007
I really enjoyed this recipe. However, I took the very thick tuna steaks pretty much directly from the fridge to the skillet and they were (obviously) still cold in the middle during consumption. Next time, I'll let the tuna come closer to room temperature before searing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
I make seared tuna at least 2x a week. This is a good recipe. If you want to cut out some steps with the same great results instead of making the sauce Kikkoman puts out a "Roasted Garlic" Teriyaki sauce that is excellent with this fish.I serve the tuna on a platter with a small bowl of sauce, seaweed salad(found at your grocery store sushi bar)pickled ginger and wasabi paste.If your seeds are scorching add them to the tuna after searing just make sure that you toast them first. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2007
i loved the tuna. sooo good. my bf asked if we can eat this every week! a few suggestions that i have: adding a bit of grated ginger along with juice to the searing marinade really spices up the recipe. instead of coating the tuna with sesame seeds then searing them i bought toasted sesame seeds and then sprinkled the sesame after my tuna was cooked. make sure the tuna is seared on medium heat b/c high heat burns the tuna and causes lots of smoke. chop up some scallions and sprinkling them over the tuna along with the sesame makes the whole plate look more attractive (i.e red and green contrast) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2007
simple and delicious. Ran into a friend who is a chef when I was buying the wine the recipe called for and he said to forget it it won't matter. He was right! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
This recipe is unbelievably easy and fantastic. I used brown sugar because I didn't have honey (allergic) and I doubled the dipping sauce. Half the sauce I used to marinate the tuna steaks for about 2 hours, and the rest for dipping. I have never had a recipe disappear so fast. Definitely my new favorite fish recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2006
Delicious. I have been waiting to try this recipe for a while now. I only make fresh tuna for occasions and it was sensational. The sesame seeds were a great crunchy contrast to the tuna steaks. Seared them for only 30 seconds on each side. Hubby loved this...and I did too. (So did my 1 1/2 year old son who doesn't like fresh tuna). Will be used again and again. Thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2004
ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS!!!! My kids love tuna steaks and we always eat them rare (this is a must or you might as well toss them) however this is the first time we've made them this rare and I must tell you that I'll never eat another tuna steak any other way. After searing hubby sliced the steaks paper thin and although the kids were a little apprehensive at first one taste changed their minds completely. A pound and a quarter was devoured by the four of us in no time. Thanks for a superb recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2012
A good dish. However, I wanted to warn against using olive oil for searing. There's a good bit of debate over whether olive oil is suitable for frying. Virgin olive oil on its own is a very healthy fat, but when heated past its smoking point - the temperature at which fats begin to break down, unique to each variety of fat - it can potentially do you more harm than good. Estimates can vary, but I've usually seen olive oil's smoking point cited between about 375-450 degrees fahrenheit, depending on the type. Searing can involve temperatures twice that high. So that's something to consider. Read More
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