The great, thick crust of crunchy sesame seeds—fragrant and spicy with lemongrass, lime zest and hot pepper—makes this tuna a hearty main course. More Amazing Seafood Recipes

Geoffrey Zakarian
May 2004

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© Tina Rupp

Recipe Summary

total:
20 mins
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, combine the white and black sesame seeds with the lime zest, lemongrass, paprika, Aleppo pepper, black pepper and salt. Lightly brush the tuna with oil and sprinkle the sesame mixture all over it, pressing to help the crust adhere.

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in each of 2 large nonstick skillets until the oil is almost smoking. Add the crusted tuna steaks and cook them over moderately high heat until they are slightly pink in the center, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the crusted tuna steaks to plates and serve them with lime wedges and mayonnaise.

Suggested Pairing

An assertive Sauvignon Blanc from California will contrast with the richness of the sesame-crusted tuna steaks in this recipe in the same way that the spicy, citrusy ingredients do.