Prep: 1. Remove tuna from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature. Make: 1. Combine the sesame seeds, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 2. Completely coat the tuna steaks in the mixture, pressing seeds and seasonings into the flesh. 3. Heat the oil in a large, shallow frying pan over high heat. When the oil is hot set one or two steaks into the pan. Take care not to crowd the steaks. Sear for less than a minute on the flat sides (unless you want it more cooked) and while gently holding the steaks with tongs, sear for about 20 seconds (or more if you prefer) on the short sides. 4. Serve.
This is great with any kind of tuna steak. For a special occasion ahi tuna steaks are amazing! Make sure to let these get to room temperature first and then watch the cooking time with these because they are best just barely seared on each side and left very pink in the middle. For a non-special occasions we like to use tuna medallions which are much less expensive and still delicious, cook these 2 minutes per side (or to taste). Check out our tips for buying and cooking fish here - http://blog.gatheredtable.com/2015/06/21/a-beginners-guide-to-how-to-buy-and-cook-fish/ Looking for a good substitute? Many fish types are extremely versatile, check out our recommended substitutions here - http://blog.gatheredtable.com/2015/06/21/recipe-hacking-how-to-substitute-different-types-of-fish/