Pepper Seared Tuna Steaks

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by skat5762

This spicy pepper coating and asian-style sauce prove that you can't go wrong with the simplest of ingredients. Add a touch of chili-garlic paste to the sauce for a hint of fire. This recipe is altered from original Bon Appetit.

Top Review by Skate

This was very good, although I would use probably half of the pepper suggested. I do enjoy spicy food, but this was a little too peppery for my and my husband's taste buds. I agree, the sauce is excellent on other things... I served the tuna with a mixed baby green lettuce side, and sauteed snow peas, and they both got some of the sauce on them and it was delicious! I also served broiled, parmesean,covered thick sliced tomato with it. My husband asked me to make it again sometime, and I agree, it is worth doing again, low cal, tasty, and easy. Try it!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine black pepper and sesame seeds in bowl.
  2. Press tuna steaks into mixture, until coated.
  3. Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add tuna steaks and sear about 1- 1 1/2 minutes each side (I like mine rare in the center, longer if you prefer well-cooked tuna).
  5. Transfer steaks to tented aluminum foil to keep warm.
  6. Add a touch more oil to pan, then add soy sauce and sherry.
  7. Add garlic and most of green onion (reserving some of the tops).
  8. If too much has boiled off, add a bit of red wine if necessary.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is slightly reduced, scraping up any brown bits, about 1 minute.
  10. Spoon sauce over tuna steaks, and sprinkle remaining green onion on top.
  11. Note: if you want to make more of this sauce, it tastes fantastic, and goes great with rices, potatoes, roasted veggies, etc.
  12. In the photo, I cross-cut Italian bread, drizzled with olive oil and briefly toasted.

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