Sesame Seared Tuna

Sesame Seared Tuna

Sesame Seared Tuna
Super quick and super simple but very delicious and versatile. Can be served in a salad, with rice, bob’s your mothers brother. We have taken inspiration from Gordon Ramsay for this one, doing it as a small dish with a yuzu sesame dressing.
Serves 4
Wine Pairing
Séléné Beaujolais Villages


  • 460g tuna (ahi tuna which is yellowfin tuna is widely available. You defo need fresh tuna anyway
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds (Try do a mixture of black and white if you can)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 limes 
  • 2 tbsp yuzu juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  1.  Portion your tuna into 4 pieces.
  2. Mix your sesame seeds, garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Brush your tuna with the soy sauce so it is coated all over.
  4. Zest 2 limes over all the pieces of tuna.
  5. Put your sesame mix on a plate.
  6. Roll your tuna through the sesame mix so all sides are coated.
  7. Set aside.
  8. MAke your dressing.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together your yuzu, zest and juice of 1 lime, sesame oil and 1 tbsp olive oil.
  10. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. The key thing here is your pan needs to be HOT.
  12. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium to high heat until very hot.
  13. We don’t want the oil to be smoking however as it will burn the sesame coating too quickly.
  14. 2 at a time, carefully place the tuna in the pan.
  15. Tilt the pan slightly so the oil runs to one side but the tuna stays centred.
  16. Press down on the tuna with a spatula.
  17. Sear for 60 seconds and check it is golden.
  18. Once golden we flip and repeat.
  19. Both sides need to be nicely golden..
  20. Repeat until all of your pieces are cooked.
  21. Place on a tray and slice thinly.
  22. Serve dressed with your yuzu dressing.