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Black Sesame Seared Tuna

Photo: Anne Liles
Prep time 35 mins
Cook time 2 mins
Yield Makes 6 servings
Black Sesame Seared Tuna becomes the perfect party pick-up food when served threaded on bamboo skewers.


  • 12 (6-inch) bamboo skewers
  • 1/3 cup toasted black or white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sushi-grade tuna, about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • Wasabi Aïoli

How to Make It

  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water at least 30 minutes.

  2. Combine sesame seeds and next 3 ingredients in a shallow plate. Cut tuna against the grain to make 3-inch-wide x 1 1/2-inch-thick strips. Rub 1 tablespoon vegetable oil on all sides of tuna, and roll in sesame seed mixture.

  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sear tuna 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat, and refrigerate immediately to stop fish from cooking. (Tuna should be rare in center.)

  4. Slice tuna across the grain into 1/2-inch slices. Thread 2 pieces on each bamboo skewer, and transfer to a platter. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons Wasabi Aïoli, and serve with remaining aïoli.