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Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna

Featured by Sierra del Mar Vineyard in the Gold Wine Club.
Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna


Fresh ahi tuna with a bit of a kick! The perfect and quick meal for any day of the week. Try pairing it with the Sierra del Mar 2012 Pinot Noir.

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes


• 1 8-oz. Ahi tuna steak
• 2 Tbs. of black sesame seeds
• 2 Tbs. of white sesame seeds
• Kosher salt
• Olive oil for frying

Optional: Arugula tossed in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper), Teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and wasabi


Lightly use a paper towel and pat the ahi steak to absorb excess juices. Cut steak to your liking - you can sear the entire steak as it is, or cut it into a rectangle to get more even slices. In a separate bowl big enough to fit the tuna steak, add the black and white sesame seeds as well as a sprinkle of kosher salt. Using tongs, coat the entire outside of the tuna by pressing it into the sesame seeds until the steak is completely covered.

In a pan, add enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pan and preheat the pan to medium-high heat. Then take the tuna and place it in the hot pan and sear for about 45 seconds on all sides (including the skinnier sides). Tongs really help for this process.

Slice steak up into pieces and serve on a bed of arugula with soy sauce and wasabi. You can also drizzle some teriyaki sauce for extra flavor.

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