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Sesame Crusted Pan Seared Ahi Steaks served on a wooden plank with dipping sauce.

Sesame Crusted Pan Seared Ahi Steaks

Toasted sesame crusted ahi tuna steak is an easy and healthy pan seared dish to make any night of the week. Using this recipe, you can have a restaurant quality seafood dish without leaving your home!
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Keyword ahi steaks, sesame crusted tuna
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 460kcal



  • 14 oz Ahi Yellowfin Tuna about 2 steak fillets
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/3 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tbsp High Temp Neutral  Cooking Oil


  • 1/2 Inch Ginger
  • 3 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice


  • Gather all the ingredients. Note - make sure the ahi steaks are thoroughly defrosted before cooking.
  • Grind ginger down with a grinder or a garter and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add grated ginger, Ponzu, Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Togarashi and Lemon Juice. Mix together and set aside.
  • Pour the Toasted Sesame Seeds into a baking tray similar in size to your ahi steaks.
  • Prepare ahi tuna steaks by patting dry with a paper towel. Lightly sprinkle cayenne pepper on both sides of the ahi steak followed by a dip into the Toasted Sesame Seeds until a crust is formed on all sides.
  • In a large Teflon frying pan, add high temp neutral cooking on high heat. Once the oil starts to lightly smoke, about 2-3 minutes, add tuna and sear uncovered for 15-20 seconds on all sides. Note - if you prefer medium-well cooked steaks, sear for 30-45 seconds per side, but we don't recommend cooking it for any longer.
  • Cut ahi steaks against the grain and then transfer to a serving plate. Serve with dipping sauce from step 3)!



Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 691mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 7mg