There are multiple tuna recipes out there, but this one will give you spice, crunch and the delicious flavor of teriyaki and the heat of volcano sauce. What more can you ask for?!
As a quick and easy meal, this sesame crusted tuna can be made any day of the week. The prep is literally just 10 minutes and cook time is only 3-4 minutes.
My husband and I love tuna steaks and often struggle with new ways to prepare them. Sure you can sear them with a little sesame oil and serve them with a side of soy sauce for a quick meal, but that gets boring.
Now teriyaki tuna is one of the most frequent tuna recipes in my house. It is just too easy to make and is accompanied with so flavor!
Teriyaki & Volcano Sauce
For this creation I wanted to combine sweet with spicy. I used a teriyaki glaze traditionally used for salmon paired with a creamy volcano sauce inspired by spicy tuna sushi.
Lynn says: “OH.MY.HEAVENS! This is delicious. We have several Tuna lovers in the family, so this is a welcomed dish. Thanks for the recipe.”
Sesame seeds offer a crunchy contrast in texture and additional flavor. You can use traditional pale tan kind, black sesame seeds or a combination of both.
Honestly, there isn’t a reason to season the tuna beyond that.
Health Benefits of Tuna
Fish is good for you and ahi tuna is great for certain thing. It’s high in protein, vitamin D, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals.
Ahi tuna has some great health benefits but like everything else you should limit how much you consume it. It has a higher mercury level than other kinds of tuna so limiting how much you eat in a month is a good idea.
Justine says: “This was actually so good! Simple to make and had great flavor!”
How to Make
Let’s review how to make tuna steaks before you get started. We do not use a marinade for this recipe, making it an easy weeknight meal.
You can use one or both sauces: volcano sauce or teriyaki sauce, or none at all. Sauces can be made ahead of time.
I use vegetable oil on high heat. Crust tuna steaks in sesame seeds to crust the tuna. The amount of time needed per side will vary, but is about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, serve with a fabulous side dish like Baby Bok Choy and serve immediately!
Here are some tips to remember when it comes to cooking ahi tuna steaks:
- Wash your tuna steaks before you start with clean water to get off all the scales and dirt.
- Use a paper towel to soak up all the water from the tuna before cooking.
- If your tuna is fresh then it can be eaten rare or medium rare with a little pink in the middle.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes for rare and 2-3 minutes for medium rare.
- Sear for the same amount of time on both sides for even cooking.
- Using a marinade helps add flavor and extra moisture to your tuna.
- If you’re using frozen tuna steaks, cook all the way through to the middle with no pink to avoid getting sick from food poisoning.
More easy tuna recipes:
- Sesame Crusted Tuna with Wasabi Whipped Cream
- Seared Ahi Tuna with Volcano Sauce
- Fancy Tuna Noodle Casserole
Tools for making Teriyaki Tuna:
Mini Food Processor– I use this thing daily! It is by far my most used kitchen appliance, it is small and I throw all the parts into the dishwasher, well except the base and cord, of course!
Immersion Blender– I used to transfers anything that needed to be blended to a food processor and then back again. It was an unnecessary amount of the work for the cheap cost of an immersion blender. They are also super easy to clean.
Cast iron skillet– great for searing things like tuna or steak at a high heat and easily transportable between the stovetop and oven. They are probably less expensive than you’d think too!
Pie Plates– I think every kitchen should have at least three shallow dishes or pie plates for the process of breading or marinating. You can also bake pies in them! Hehe.
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- 1 bunch scallions , sliced diagonally
For volcano sauce:
- Combine white and black sesame seeds in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge both sides of the tuna steaks in sesame seeds. Set aside.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large cast iron skillet or large frying pan over high heat.
- The name of the game is to sear, which means high heat, spitting oil and in my house, the smoke detector going off, so prepare your work space accordingly.
- When vegetable oil is hot, place tuna steaks in the pan, cover. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes depending on desired temperature. Two to three minutes will be a medium rare for a 1 1/2 inch tuna steak. I like mine rare, so I go for 1-2 minutes on each side. It all depends on the thickness of your tuna steak.
- Remove tuna steaks from frying pan/cast iron skillet. Plate and top with teriyaki glaze.
- There are two choices for the volcano sauce. You can put a dollop on the side, allowing individuals to dip according to their tastes OR you can put the volcano sauce into an airtight plastic bag and cut a small hole on one bottom corner and then pipe the sauce onto teriyaki tuna steaks.
- Garnish with scallions.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!