Have I got a Monday night dinner for you. I don’t know what it is about Monday, but I always like to start the week off with a light, healthy, but still super delicious dinner. I think it’s because it just kicks the week off to a great start. Or…it might be because I want to compensate for the too many glasses of wine I drank over the weekend. Maybe it’s a little bit of both
One of my favorite kitchen activities is to try to make “restaurant” meals at home. This tuna looks very impressive and tastes great, but is extremely easy to prepare in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Ahi tuna is one of my go-to orders at restaurants. I know it is a lighter option, and I love the taste and texture of the fish. Because ahi is usually served raw (or mostly raw), I love the combo of the raw interior and the seared, crunchy exterior. So, I decided to try and recreate one of my favorite “eating out” meals at home.
For this recipe, I used wasabi and grated ginger as the glue to adhere the sesame seeds to the tuna.When you grate ginger it becomes so fine it almost disintegrates, but the bold flavor of the ginger remains and really sinks into the fish. I love the flavor of wasabi and I like spicy, but if you aren’t familiar with wasabi be careful! It is strong! One of my favorite things to do when my allergies get really bad is to eat sushi with LOTS of wasabi because it totally clears out your sinuses. This recipe can too, if you aren’t careful!
Once you have your tuna crusted, make sure your pan and oil are really hot, then simply sear the tuna for about 2-3 minutes per side. If you aren’t into raw fish, you can prepare the tuna the same way and just cook it through, about 6 minutes per side.
I also made an easy-as-pie wasabi cream to serve along with the tuna. Wasabi. Greek Yogurt. Stir. Done. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
- 2 ahi tuna fillets
- 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon wasabi
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for cooking)
- Pat ahi fillets dry with a paper towel
- Using your fingers, rub the wasabi and ginger into both sides of the tuna fillets
- Mix sesame seeds together and stir to combine
- Sprinkle seeds on both sides of the tuna
- Preheat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat
- Sear tuna 2-3 minutes per side for medium rare (cook approx. 6 minutes per side for well done tuna)