Wednesday, February 29

Blackened Sesame Tuna Steaks

Tuna is an extremely versatile fish. it has a very "meaty" flavor and texture which makes it widely popular. It is a great fish for those who don't like "fishy" fish and has great health benefits including low-fat proteins and omega-3.

Tuna steaks can be one of the easiest meals to create on a short time frame. Searing them off only takes a few minutes per side and they can easily by marinaded ahead of time. Making tuna a great weeknight meal.

Serves 2-4
Full time: 2 1/2 hours to 8 1/2 hours (based on how long you marinade)
You will need:

2-4 tuna steaks, 1 per person

For marinade:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp dried cilantro
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tbsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

For crusting:
1/2 cup sesame seeds

Let us begin:

In a large zip-top bag place all marinade ingredients, shake bag lightly to mix
Place tuna in bag, close and place in you refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours maximum of 8 hours
When ready to cook, heat a saute pan over medium-high heat

Carefully remove tuna steaks from bag and place in remaining sesame seeds, push lightly to encrust.

Flip over and repeat on second side.

Place tuna in hot pan and sear 4-6 minutes

Flip over only once tuna is freely moving on its own and sear second side 4-6 minutes

Remove tuna from pan and serve immediately to avoid cooling off too much. This will be a nice medium-rare steak

Throw out any remaining marinade