Pepper Seared Tuna Steaks

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

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!!!

Skate March 08, 2002

My first successful tuna steaks! Every other time they were overcooked and flavor-lacking. Served them on a bed of mesclun and had to substitute a few rings of real onions and a leek instead of green onions. I threw in a sliced carrot and some grape tomatoes to make more of a salad too. Big hit. My mouth is still a little spiced from the peppercorns and I love it! excellent!

Gay Gilmore March 26, 2002

Boy, oh boy, was this great! Thanks, s'kat, for another great way to serve tuna steaks. Ddidn't change a thing and the directions were totally clear. Thanks, again.

Darkhunter November 04, 2003

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