Sesame Seared Tuna – A Sexy Dinner for Two

honey sesame tunaI have been debating whether or not I should post this, mainly because this site is called “Cook It Cheap”, and sesame seared tuna doesn’t look like a cheap dish by any means.  But it I can show you how to make it a hell of a lot cheaper than paying for this in a restaurant.  Now whenever I am in a restaurant and I see someone eating sesame seared tuna, I always try to look at the quality of the tuna. At a chain “restaurant” they usually serve the dish as small medallions with a side of wasabi and soy sauce (sometimes you really need it to disguise the taste of the tuna). I’ve found that often enough, the meat looks too fatty, and tastes like its been in a fridge for a few days too long.  Chain restaurant sesame seared tuna will run you about $10 – $15 dollars per plate.

At a ‘real’ restaurant where the chef is on their game, you’re going to spend about about $32 dollars for a plate and don’t forget the girlfriend, she’s not a cheap date. She’s not getting the salad, she’s having what your having and while you’re drinking water to keep the bill down, she wants a red wine before and during dinner. Fast forward to the end of the meal, when you’re on your phone transferring money from your savings into your checking account to pay the bill.  Your girlfriend suggests that you should try to do this once a week or ‘at least twice a month’ while you’re struggling to figure out what to tip your waiter. Doesn’t this sound stressful? Are you even enjoying your tuna? Did I mention you might have to make a late night run to Taco Bell because the portions where kinda small?

Don’t be that guy!

Do you want to know how much this cost for two plates? It was less than ten dollars!  I even splurged and got my baby the best box wine that money can buy, also around 10 dollars.  At 20 glasses in a box, that’s somewhere around 50 cents a glass.  A ballpark estimate of two orders of sesame seared tuna ($15 each), let’s say four glasses of vino ($8 each) plus tax ($4) and tip on the total amount ($12) would probably run about $78!

Here’s a riddle…  What has 2 thumbs and $58 extra dollars his bank account? This guy!!!

Before I list the ingredients make sure to find a fresh market or a fish market to buy your fish.  Just trust me when I say it’s a little cheaper, and the quality will be so much better.

You will need:

  • 1 lb of tuna steak
  • salt and pepper
  • honey
  • sesame seeds
  • canola oil


I got a tuna steak that was just under a pound, and I only paid $8.42.  Just look at that thing… takes up half my chopping block!gorgeous tuna steak

Make sure just to rinse the tuna under cold water quickly and pat with a paper towel to dry it out a little. Next sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the fish for flavor, then add a little drizzle of honey over the top of the steak. It will give it that ‘little extra something’.salt pepper honey

In a bowl or a plate, pour about 3-4 tablespoons of sesame seeds (The seeds only cost .57 cents you have plenty for four tunas) and place the fish honey side down and try to get as many of the seeds on the surface as you can.  Drizzle some honey on the seedless side, and flip it over on to the sesame seeds.  Then cover the other side as well.sesame tuna crust

Now take a little canola oil and coat the pan.  Once it’s nice and hot place the tuna in the center of the pan and let it grill for about 2 minutes then flip and grill the other side for another 2 minutes.

sear the tuna

Transfer the tuna from the pan to rest on the cutting board for about 2-3 minutes.  Then you can slice and serve.

sear the tuna

I plated my tuna with a side of spinach, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese tossed in a honey mustard dressing and some fried plantains…

honey sesame tuna

So for a fantastic and flat-out sexy sesame seared tuna, skip the hassle and excessive cost of a restaurant, and give this a try.  Your significant other (and your bank account) will be very happy that you did!

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