Sesame Crusted Tuna with Sweet and Spicy Ginger Sauce

As a teenager, I could easily prepare a yummy meal that satisfied my food cravings by simply opening up a can of tuna, mixing with it mayonnaise, and plopping it between two slices of bread. Done!

As an adult, I still love eating tuna fish sandwiches, but there are other ways I like to eat tuna, as well.

Like this Sesame Crusted Tuna with Sweet and Spicy Ginger Sauce.

It’s a pretty quick dish to make.

If you like your tuna rare on the inside, it only takes a few minutes to sear the outside (about 1 minute per side). If you prefer it cooked a little bit more (medium or well done), it’s still pretty quick – you would just sear the fish a little bit longer, about 3-4 minutes on each side.

I like to lay the tuna on a bed of leafy greens, but if you want to slap it into a sandwich, I guess you could try that, too.


Sesame Crusted Tuna with Sweet and Spicy Ginger Sauce
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Recipe type: Seared Tuna
Cuisine: Food is medicine
Serves: 2-4 servings
  1. Salt the tuna on each side, and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the black and tan sesame seeds on a plate.
  3. Press the tuna onto the sesame seeds so you get a coating of seeds on all sides of the fish.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan on high heat and add the oil.
  5. Sear the tuna for 1 minute on each side.
  6. Combine the sesame oil, shoyu, lime juice, hot honey, ginger and shallot.
  7. Remove tuna from the pan and set aside.
  8. Put greens into two separate plates.
  9. Dress the greens with your fave dressing (I like to keep it simple, olive oil, lime/lemon juice and salt).
  10. You can either leave the tuna whole, or slice it into thin pieces and lay on top of the salad.
  11. Top tuna with the sesame oil, hot honey, ginger/shallot dressing.