Sesame Coated Tuna with Coriander Salsa Recipe

This makes a quick weeknight supper and is also special enough for a dinner party starter dish. Searing adheres the sesame seeds and seals in the freshness of the fish.  I like my tuna extremely rare. 45 seconds on each side will do the trick. If you don’t like your tuna as raw, sear for longer but  don’t go over 2 minutes or else your tuna will be too dry.

If tuna steak was cheaper I might be tempted to eat this every other day. I like canned tuna but tuna steak is in a whole other league of its own. Having not cooked this for quite some time, I’d forgotten how incredible it is.

Cooking raw fish may seem hard but that is not the case. Of course, I was a little intimidated when I first started working with fresh fish and I like my tuna steak really rare but just in case you’re panicking, it’s absolutely fine to eat tuna steaks rare, just as long as they’re fresh and haven't been frozen beforehand.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10-15 mins
Serves: 4

tuna steaks
115 g of sesame seeds
olive oil for shallow frying
100g rocket leaves

For the coriander salsa:
tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 large clove of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp of virgin olive oil
1 tbsp of lime juice
chilli jam (optional)

1. Cut each tuna steak into three pieces. Place the sesame seeds on a sheet of baking paper or plate and roll the tuna steak in the sesame seeds to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

2. To make the salsa, place the tomatogarliccorianderoil and lime juice in a bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Fill a heavy based frying pan with 1.5 cm with the oil and place over a high heat. Add the tuna steak in two batches and cook for 2 minutes each side (it should be pink in the center).  Remove and drain on paper towels.

4. To serve, divide the rocket leaves among four plates and arrange the tuna on top.  Spoon the salsa on the side and serve immediately.

5. Top with a teaspoon of chilli jam if desired, and season.