Monday, August 25, 2008

Sesame Seared Albacore Tuna

This meal is so incredibly easy but ends up looking very fancy and tasting AMAZING. You can see the Recipe on Allrecipes and adjust to the number of servings you want. The following is for one serving.


* 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* 3/4 teaspoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
* 3/4 teaspoon honey
* 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
* 3/4 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
* 1 (6 ounce) tuna steaks
* 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
* wasabi paste
* 3/4 teaspoon olive oil


1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.

These are your sauce ingredients. Sesame Oil, Honey, Mirin and Soy Sauce. (somehow the rice wine vinegar was not in time for the photo, he will try to be more punctual next time!)

Sprinkle some sesame seeds on a plate.

Stir together the sauce. I opted against wasabi with my sauce. I do like wasabi, but I really wanted to taste the fish and not feel a lot of heat.

Get a pan going over high heat with some oil.

Drop the tuna on the sesame seeds and coat both sides.

Pop it in the pan for about 30 seconds on each side. The pan needs to be HOT!! If you are not a fan of raw fish you can leave it on a bit longer, but don't burn the sesame seeds!!

I served it with some frozen peas and carrots I heated in a pan with a little butter and salt.

The tuna was perfectly cooked, the toasted sesame seeds were delicious and the dipping sauce was one of my favorite sauces I have ever made.


  1. winner winner fishy dinner! outstanding!

  2. Looks great. The dipping sauce I could drink!!!!


  3. Oh Holy Mother Of Albacore I need to get me some tuna! That looks scrumptious!

  4. Hi there! It's Petey's Mommy. I make a Rachel Ray variation of this that you might want to try. Sprinkle Chinese 5 Spice blend on both sides of the tuna, and pop it in the hot pan with a little bit of olive oil. Toast the sesame seeds with some chopped chives and press the cooked tuna into the sesame seeds on both sides. Slice on the bias. Make a reduced sauce from equal amounts of honey, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. Arrange salad greens with sliced avocado. Add the tuna and pour the sauce over it! DELISH!

  5. My brother had a 3.5 hour layover in my city tonight. I picked him up from the airport and made this for the two of us.

    Technically we weren't "dining alone" but mother of god it was tasty. Some seared albacore with delicious dippy sauce, salad with honey ginger dressing, copious amounts of cocktails, followed by smoking a pipe on my patio afterward made for an awesome layover.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. We made this last night for dinner and it was wonderful. We buy our shashimi quality tuna loins from the wife of the tuna boat captain here in Seattle. Cooked it very rare. It was trying to swim to the edge of the plate. We think it wanted more dipping sauce. Served with steamed rice and asparagus tips. Thanks for the great post. Only your readers know what your husband is missing!

  7. Looks so good. Saving this. I like the flavors in the sauce.

  8. Check out nutritional facts, and prices of albacore tuna from grocery stores at