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How to Perfectly Sear Tuna Steaks at Home

Perfectly seared tuna steaks. Tuna steaks brought to you by Carolina Fish Market. Whether you're a seafood enthusiast or looking to impress guests, this guide will teach you how to achieve restaurant-quality seared tuna in the comfort of your own kitchen. Get ready to elevate your home-cooking game!


  1. Fresh Tuna Steaks: 2 (about 6-8 ounces each)

  2. Soy Sauce: 2 tablespoons

  3. Sesame Oil: 1 tablespoon

  4. Fresh Ginger: 1 tablespoon, grated

  5. Garlic: 2 cloves, minced

  6. Black and White Sesame Seeds: 2 tablespoons, mixed

  7. Vegetable Oil: 2 tablespoons (for searing)

  8. Salt and Pepper: To taste

  9. Optional: Wasabi and Pickled Ginger for serving


  1. Prepare the Tuna Steaks:

    • Pat the tuna steaks dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This ensures a better sear.

  1. Marinate the Tuna:

    • In a shallow dish, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, and minced garlic. Place the tuna steaks in the marinade, ensuring they are well-coated. Allow them to marinate for at least 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.

  1. Coat with Sesame Seeds:

    • In a separate dish, mix black and white sesame seeds. Remove the tuna from the marinade and press each side into the sesame seed mixture, coating the steaks evenly.

  1. Preheat the Pan:

    • Place a non-stick skillet or cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and let it heat until it shimmers but does not smoke.

  1. Sear the Tuna:

    • Carefully place the sesame-crusted tuna steaks in the hot pan. Sear for 1-2 minutes on each side for a rare to medium-rare doneness, or adjust the time according to your preference.

  1. Season with Salt and Pepper:

    • Season the seared tuna with salt and pepper while it's still in the pan. This enhances the overall flavor.

  1. Rest the Tuna:

    • Remove the tuna steaks from the pan and let them rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy and tender result.

  1. Slice and Serve:

    • Using a sharp knife, slice the seared tuna against the grain into 1/2-inch thick slices. This reveals the beautiful pink center and sesame crust.

  1. Optional Garnishes:

    • Serve the seared tuna slices with a side of wasabi and pickled ginger for an extra layer of flavor.

  1. Enjoy Your Culinary Triumph:

    • Plate the seared tuna with your favorite side dishes or over a bed of sushi rice. This dish is a celebration of flavors and textures – savor every bite!

Conclusion: Your perfectly seared tuna steaks are a testament to your culinary prowess. May this dish add a touch of sophistication to your celebrations and become a staple in your home-cooking repertoire.

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