Sunday, August 3, 2014

Seared Ahi Tuna with Soy Dipping Sauce

Our family had a great fishing trip this weekend! We pulled five, beautiful 15-20 lb. Yellowfin Tuna out of the water...

What a fun and exciting experience tuna fishing is! You have to fight these guys hard... they really make you work to get them out of the water. We are so lucky the season started so early here in Southern California, there will be many more trips for tuna to come. And the best part about tuna fishing is, getting to enjoy our fresh catch...

Tonight we made Seared Ahi Tuna with Soy Dipping Sauce. The tuna is already so tender and delicious raw, you only need to cook it a minute or two on each side. The sesame seed and panko coating give the tuna a nice, crunchy contrasting texture...

This soy dipping sauce is the perfect compliment to the seared tuna. It's salty, sweet, and spicy! This recipe is a great way to enjoy a fresh, beautiful piece of tuna. The integrity of the fish is not compromised at all. Wow... yum. Just be very careful cutting the tuna, it is delicate so you will need a sharp knife!

Hopefully we will be making this tuna dish many times this season...

Seared Ahi Tuna with Soy Dipping Sauce
makes 2 servings

Tuna -
2 (5 ounce) ahi tuna steaks
1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs
1/4 c. black sesame seeds
1 tbsp. sesame oil

Soy Dipping Sauce -
1/2 c. soy sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. Sriracha (or red chili sauce)

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the soy dipping sauce. Place in refrigerator to chill.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. sesame oil over medium-high heat. 

Combine panko and black sesame seeds in a large bowl. Roll the ahi tuna steaks in the panko mixture to coat.

Gently place the crusted tuna in the skillet and cook to desired doneness, 1 minute per side for rare.

Remove from skillet, then cut gently tuna steak into slices. Serve with the chilled dipping sauce.


This soy dipping sauce tastes great on just about anything from rice to steamed vegetables too... :)

- Janel


  1. This is how I enjoy eating and catching my tuna too. Great job ladies!! Great recipe!!

  2. I'm in Norther California, but we can go a little south (Monterey) to catch these beauties.

  3. Thank you for a delicious recipe! I put the ahi slices on a spring mix and used the dipping sauce as dressing. My hubby added a little wasabi on the side. It was so good!

  4. It was my turn to cook, and I found your recipe for an Ahi sauce online. Everyone at my fire station gave it a big thumbs up. Thanks for the great recipe.

  5. Loved this recipe. We caught some tuna on the Cape last fall and had frozen a lot of it. Just finished the last of it tonight using your recipe. Really great!

  6. Excellent recipe for both the sauce and tuna. I also rub a bit of olive oil on the tuna prior to rolling in the crust.
    Thank you

  7. My first time cooking Tuna and fortunately I found your website. It was so good. I featured your recipe with a link back here on my blog
    Thank you so much for this delicious easy recipe.