Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Steak

I saw the most amazing tuna steaks on an episode of Alton Brown’s Good Eats quite a while ago. I had been meaning to make the tuna ever since, but never got around to it. I haven’t come across the tuna loin that Alton’s recipe calls for, but I did find some Ahi tuna steaks at Sam’s Club, so I decided to adapt the recipe to them. For this recipe, make sure to get Ahi tuna or sushi grade tuna for the best results. Ahi tuna is also known as yellowfin tuna.

This tuna is so easy to make at home, its ridiculous. I used a marinade of soy sauce and honey to marinate the steaks for an hour before cooking. In Alton’s recipe, he also calls for wasabi powder, but I left out the spicy powder because of our little guy. Make sure to only barely sear the tuna, about a minute on each side, and probably 30 seconds on each edge. This will produce a lightly seared tuna steak that is very rare, and raw inside. You can continue to cook your tuna to the desired temperature, but the more you cook tuna, the more dried out it will become.

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Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Steak

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1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup sesame seeds
4 Ahi tuna steaks
2 tablespoons sesame oil


Stir soy sauce and honey together. Pour over tuna steaks and coat them well. Let them marinate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat a large skillet. Drizzle with sesame oil. Sear tuna for just about a minute on each side and on the sides. This will produce a very rare steak. You can cook a little longer, but remember that tuna easily dries out the more you cook it.

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  14 Responses to “Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Steak”

  1. redkathy — March 18, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

    Man this looks awesome! I have yet to prepare tuna. The family really likes fish, except salmon, and I haven’t quite figured out why??? Will be looking to buy some tuna to test your recipe on them. Thanks for sharing it Angie.
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  2. the wicked noodle — March 18, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    This looks delicious, healthy and easy! I’m going to try it the next time I have some tuna steaks.
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  3. MaryMoh — March 18, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    What a beautiful, big piece of tuna! Simple recipe but look very delicious. I’ll probably add some chili sauce to the marinade to spice it up. Tuna here is very expensive.
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  4. Drick — March 18, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

    simple yet so rewarding in taste – I know because I do something very similar…. great photo and great tip on the cooking of tuna, when you buy this grade, you’d better not mess it up!
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  5. lululu — March 19, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    simple, healthy and delicious dish! i bet the tuna has to be super fresh!
    btw, i love your new blog layout. clean and refreshing!
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  6. 5 Star Foodie — March 20, 2010 @ 3:34 am

    The sesame crust is awesome!
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  7. Sinful Southern Sweets — March 20, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Just beautiful!!

  8. Stella — March 20, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    Oh Angie, this looks so good. You know, I have a weakness for tuna in any form. I don’t care if it’s raw or cooked hard-it’s always good to me. I love the toasty look of your sesame crust too.
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  9. Janice — March 20, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    Sounds like a nice simple way to cook tuna. I’m not a huge fan of tuna, maybe I need to try it again.
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  10. Simply Life — March 21, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    oh. my. gosh. this looks AMAZING!!!
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  11. Juliana — March 22, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    Angie, what a nice piece of tuna…absolutely love the idea of using sesame seed and honey…great great picture!

  12. Tie — March 22, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    That picture looks so tasty! My wife and I love fish, we will have to try this recipe, thanks!

  13. Tickled Red — March 23, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    That looks absolutely amazing. My surfer would do back flips!! I will have to make this for him 🙂

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