Sesame Crusted Tuna with Cucumber Salad

Embark on a flavorful journey with Sesame Crusted Tuna served alongside a crisp Cucumber Salad. Each tuna steak, soaked in a rich marinade, gets a sesame seed coat before hitting the grill for that perfect sear. Don’t have a grill? A grill pan works wonders too, ensuring you don’t miss out on this deliciousness.

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Sesame Crusted Tuna with Cucumber Salad

Servings: 4



  • For the Tuna Steaks:
    • 4 Yellowfin Tuna Steaks
    • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
    • 2 Tablespoons Honey
    • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
    • 2 Teaspoons Fresh Ginger, grated
    • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
    • 1 Teaspoon Gochujang Paste, optional
    • 1/2 Cup Sesame Seeds, white or 50:50 white and black
    • Oil for grilling
  • For the Cucumber Salad:
    • 1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
    • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
    • 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
    • 2 Large Cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1/4 Cup Red Onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 Cup Cilantro, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Thaw Tuna according to package intructions. Once thawed, pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and gochujang (if using) until the honey dissolves completely.
  3. Place the marinade in a plastic bag or shallow dish and add the tuna steaks, turning gently to ensure they are coated. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. While the steaks marinate, make the cucumber salad. Whisk the rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, and soy sauce in a large bowl. Add the cucumbers, red onion, and cilantro, and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and place in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  5. Preheat your grill (or grill pan, if using) on medium-high to 500°F / 260°C. Lightly oil the grill grates with a high heat oil.
  6. Place the sesame seeds on a plate or a shallow dish.
  7. Remove the tuna steaks from the marinade, lettng the excess drip off. Press each side of the steaks into the sesame seeds to coat thoroughly.
  8. Place the tuna steaks on the grill and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side to sear them.
  9. Remove when the tuna steaks from the grill when their temperature reaches 125°F / 52°C. Place them on a plate and loosely tent with foil. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes to allow them to finish cooking. Slice and serve alongside the cucumber salad.
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