Sesame Tuna

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Sesame Tuna w/ Wasabi Sauce

We got these lovely little Tunny from Abundant Seafood at the Geechee dock in Charleston, SC.  Marinate tuna for 30 minutes, coat with with sesame seeds, sear, and serve with spicy wasabi sauce.  Small pieces of seared tuna would also make a fabulous appetizer.  Easy recipe to make and easy recipe to eat!

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 35 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 2 1/2 lbs tuna, sliced into 1″ thick pieces
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce, divided
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp mirin or rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp wasabi powder – as garnish


  • Slice tuna into 1″ pieces and place in a large ziploc bag.  In a small bowl mix together: 2 Tbsp soy sauce, honey, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, and mirin.  Add mixture to tuna and marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Make wasabi sauce: mix wasabi powder with 2 Tbsp water in a tiny bowl.  Add a little soy sauce (think Sushi!), and use it as a dipping sauce for the fish.
  • Fill a shallow dish with 1/2 cup sesame seeds and keep the rest handy to replenish the dish as needed.
  • Remove fish from Ziploc, shake off excess liquid and dip each side of each piece of fish into the sesame seeds.  Don’t swirl the piece of fish around in the seeds or the seeds will get wet and not stick to the fish.  Set sesame seeded fish on a plate.
  • Heat a large pan to medium heat and add enough toasted sesame oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan (~ 1 Tbsp).  Place fish in pan and cook for ~ 2 minutes per side (this will result in a rare middle).  Cook longer if you want it medium or well done.  Make sure the pan is not too hot or you will burn the Sesame Seeds.  You will need to cook the fish in batches and replenish oil in pan as needed.
  • Serve with rice and vegetables.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


Things In My Kitchen:

  • Wasabi Powder – You can find this cheaper at an Asian store and it might be at your local grocery store.

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Keywords: Tuna, Little Tunny, False Albicore, Fish, Pescatarian, Dairy Free

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