At the market, I'm always keeping my eye out for some good fresh fish, and recently I scored two beautiful ahi tuna steaks, and I knew just what to do. Nothing is easier and more delicious than sesame crusted ahi tuna that has been lightly seared and served rare with some tangy soy dipping sauce.
I've been daydreaming about tropical Palm trees, sandy beaches, and warm waters lately. I think momma needs a vacation! Well if I can't get on a jet plane, I can, at least, bring some fresh island cuisine to us.
Cooking raw fish may seem harder than it is. Of course, I was a little intimidated when I first started working with sushi-grade fresh fish. For this recipe, all you need to do is sprinkle sesame seeds on the outside of the steaks and quickly sear each side in a very hot pan for about a minute.
That's it! The searing gives a nice contrast of textures with each bite; savory cooked edges and tender throughout. Make sure that as tempting as it may be, do not overcook the fish. Otherwise, you end up with the stuff they use for tuna fish salad.
I like to serve sesame crusted ahi tuna steaks two ways depending on how hungry we are, hehe. I cut the seared fish into thin slices serve them with some pickled cucumbers and soy ginger-lime dipping sauce, or with brown rice and tons of vegetables to make a healthy tuna bowl.
Oh man, you are going to demolish each bite, the tangy sweet soy sauce ties all of the flavors together. We enjoyed this meal of super fresh seared ahi tuna and all of the fixings. I could certainly go for this meal every week!
If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag a photo #jessicagavin on Instagram. I'd love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!
It's really important to consider food safety when consuming raw fish. You want to make sure you talk to the vendors before buying the fish to make sure it's safe for raw consumption. It's also a good idea to buy fish that has been previously frozen because some species of fish contain parasites and freezing them will kill those that may be present. However, freezing doesn't kill all harmful microorganisms which is why it's good to cook the fish to be the safest. Searing the ahi tuna on the surface helps to reduce the risk of microbial contamination, but still make sure you buy and store fish that has been properly handled. (Source: FDA.gov)
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