Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna

Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna
Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna

Easy sesame crusted seared ahi tuna. It’s a few steps but so worth the time and effort. It’s a healthy treat for a light lunch or dinner.


  • Ahi tuna Sushi grade
  • Olive oil or canola oil
  • black and white roasted sesame seeds (they are sold in separate bottles so you need to grab both)
  • soy sauce

Ponzu dipping sauce 

  • Ponzu soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp  peeled ginger thinly sliced
  • 1 piece of scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp of mirin
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame seeds


Here is what you will mainly need. You can also get a small bag of mixed greens to plate the dish with or some greens to make an Ahi Tuna salad.


  • Measure out your ingredients, have them out and ready to use. Mix the 1/4 cup of white sesame seeds with 1/3 cup of black sesame seeds together in a bowl.
  • In a small bowl add about 1 cup of soy sauce (regular soy sauce).
  • Place a non stick pan onto the burner and turn on the heat to medium high and add some cooking oil about 1 TBSP. Swirl to coat the pan as evenly as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Dip the ahi tuna piece into the soy sauce and then dip into the bowl of mixed sesame seeds and crust it all over for a nice coated look.
  • The pan should be hot enough for you to place the ahi tuna gently into the pan. You may turn the heat up a little bit higher and listen to it sizzle. It should cook no more than 2-3 minutes on each side. Once the sesame seeds are browned it is done!
  • You don’t want to over cook Ahi tuna, you want the center to be nice and rare.


Ponzu Sauce

Easy sauce to go along with the salad and the Ahi Tuna dish.

  • 1/4 cup of Ponzu soy sauce into a bowl
  • Mix in 1 tsp of mirin, sugar and 1/2 tsp of sesame seeds
  • Whisk in sesame oil, peeled sliced ginger and scallions to top it off.
  • Adjust to your taste preference. I like mine a little more sweet, so I add a little more sugar to it.
Ponzu sauce
Ponzu sauce

In this case, I didn’t have scallions so I substituted it with 1/2 tsp of white chopped onions and sliced cucumber to give it some greens. Use what you have in the fridge, if you run out of ingredients.

Here it is! Final product will make you proud of yourself. You save money and you made a professional dish at home, enjoy!

Options: you can add some sushi rolls on the side for added filler for the meal. I like to add vegetable or California rolls to the meal.

Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna
Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna