Sesame Crusted Tuna Steaks With Balsamic Sauce

"I adapted this taking this and that from 3 or 4 other recipes. Mighty tasty!"
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  • In a small sauce pan, heat sesame oil.
  • Stir in the green onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients and heat on medium until reduced by half.
  • Sprinkle the tuna with the pepper, salt, and sesame seeds.
  • Rub into meat to create crust.
  • Heat cooking oil in a large skillet set over medium high.
  • Add the tuna and cook until almost the desired degree of doneness.
  • The tuna will continue to cook slightly after it is removed from the pan.
  • Two or 3 minutes on each side should result in a pink center.
  • Drizzle sauce over the tuna and serve immediately.

Questions & Replies

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  1. karenbressler
    This was soooo good. However, how do you keep the sesame seeds on when you turn the fish in the pan?


    I love fresh tuna and always order it when we eat out, although it is pricey. This was my first try at cooking it at home and I LOVED THIS RECIPE!!!!! Very easy and tasty. My husband thought it was a little heavy on the soy sauce (too salty), but I thought it was absolutely great. Thank you for a wonderful recipe
  2. Craxy Lulu
    We love this dish! I've made it several times in the last year and it's always a hit. I made a few small adjustments to suit our taste. I pre-toast my sesame seeds in a dry skillet so they are very lightly brown before I coat them on the steaks and I use more than 1 Tablespoon per steak, we like the coating really thick. For us it was better when we cut our own steaks at about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick instead of the 1.5 inch thick that our market sells because it was easier to get it the right amount pink in the middle for our taste when they were thinner. The kids don't like the sauce but that's okay, more for the grown-ups! and the suauce is also a great salad dressing, we often serve it over baby greens with extra dressing for the salad. It's even nicer if you mix it into a little bit of mayo or olive oil when you want to be decadent. Oh yeah, I leave out the pepper too but that's just a family preference.
  3. kbwatercolors
    This was so good! My whole family loved it, and it tasted like we were eating at a five star restaurant. Yum!
  4. May I Have That Rec
    We crusted the tuna with black and white sesame seeds to add more flavor. The sauce was OK, we prefer o make a balsamic vinegar reductions with a little brown sugar.
  5. Chef Booshman
    I cooked the tuna on the grill instead of the stove. Loved the seasame seeds and I was surprised they didn't all fall off into the BBQ. I honestly did not care for the sauce.



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