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Let's Make Sesame Crusted Tuna
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Make restaurant-style seared tuna with a delicious soy dipping sauce. Learn how to perfectly sear ahi tuna with a crunchy sesame seed crust. Cooked rare.
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  • 24 oz yellowfin or ahi tuna (sushi-grade)
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp canola oil (or other high temperature oil)
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Step 1Pat the tuna steaks with paper towels. Brush the tuna on both sides with soy sauce.
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Step 2Press the tuna into the sesame seeds, coating completely on both sides. It is up to you if you coat the sides as well but it will make cooking it a bit more difficult so I recommend just coating the top and bottom.
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Step 3Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until it is very hot. Once hot, add the oil to the pan and quickly swirl. Add the tuna and cook for about 45-60 seconds until the sesame seeds are golden brown. Carefully flip over ad repeat on the other side for about one minute. This quickly seared version will yield a tuna that is seared and crisp on the outside and rare on the inside. This recipe doesn't work well for well-done fish since the sesame seeds will burn. Also, be careful while cooking because the pan will spatter. I recommend having the fan on high. Let the tuna rest and then slice thin to serve.
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Step 4Dipping sauce: I love to serve this with a fresh and zingy dipping sauce. Combine 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce with 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1-2 teaspoons honey, 1 tsp minced ginger, 1 tsp minced garlic, and 1 tbsp minced green onion. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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