Pan-Seared Tuna Steak

The special qualities of this recipe lie in its ease of preparation, bold and balanced flavors, versatility, visual appeal, and the opportunity to create a restaurant-quality experience at home with minimal effort.

Pan-Seared Tuna Steak

This Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna Steak with Sesame Seeds offers a perfect blend of savory and nutty flavors, creating a restaurant-quality dish in the comfort of your home. Enjoy the succulent and flavorful Ahi tuna with its sesame-infused goodness!
This recipe is straightforward and can be prepared in a short amount of time, making it an ideal option for a quick and delicious meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2


  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 shallow dish
  • 1 skillet or non-stick pan
  • 1 cutting board


  • 1 ahi tuna steaks (about 6-8 ounces each)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (for searing)
  • salt and pepper


  • Prepare the Marinade: in a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and honey (or maple syrup) to create the marinade. Add sesame seeds and mix well.
  • Marinate the Tuna: place the Ahi tuna steaks in a shallow dish. Pour half of the marinade over the tuna, ensuring they are evenly coated. Reserve the remaining marinade for later. Let the tuna marinate for at least 15-30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the Pan: heat a skillet or a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and allow it to get hot but not smoking.
  • Sear the Tuna: remove the tuna from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
    Place the tuna steaks in the hot pan and sear for about 1-2 minutes on each side for a rare to medium-rare doneness. Adjust the cooking time according to your preference.
  • Add Sesame Seeds: in the last 30 seconds of cooking, sprinkle sesame seeds over the tuna, pressing them gently to adhere.
  • Finish with Marinade: pour the reserved marinade over the seared tuna in the pan. Allow it to cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, creating a flavorful glaze.
  • Serve: remove the tuna from the pan and let them rest for a minute before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute.
  • Garnish and Enjoy: garnish with additional sesame seeds if desired. Serve the pan-seared Ahi tuna slices over rice, salad, or on their own.
  • Optional: make a dipping sauce by boiling the remaining marinade for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened. Serve on the side.


  • To enhance the sesame flavor, you can toast the sesame seeds in the pan for a minute before adding them to the tuna.
  • Ensure your pan is hot before adding the tuna to achieve a good sear while keeping the inside rare or medium-rare.
  • Side dish suggestions: seaweed salad, quinoa salad, mango salsa, rice.
Keyword Ahi tuna, Dairy free, Fish, gluten free, Quick & Easy

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