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Sesame Crusted Tuna with Chili & Ginger Dressing


Absolutely lip-smacking delicious .. served up with an Avocado & Cucumber Salad … this is done medium-rare the way I love my tuna steak to be done 😉


Chopped-up shallots, chillies & finely grated ginger for the dressing


More ingredients for the dressing … light soy sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, sugar


Fry ginger, shallots & chili in the heated oil for 3 minutes


The Chili & Ginger Dressing done … set aside to cool


I served up with an Avocado & Cucumber Salad …. slice avocado & cucumber thinly and put all in a bowl along with one tablespoon of chopped peanuts & some chopped chives


Toss the salad ingredients with lime juice to combine and set aside


I used a block of 500g tuna steak which I sliced into 2 x 250g steaks … in this pix is the coating ingreadients … fennel seeds, freshly ground pepper & sesame seeds


Tuna coated with the seeds mixture ready to be pan-fried


Cook the tuna to the doneness of your liking … I love mine medium-rare whereas my hubby likes his to be done medium!


Hubby’s dinner … a medium-done Tuna 😉


Ingredients :

2 avocados

2 Lebanese cucumbers

1/4 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

2 Tbs chopped chives

Juice of 1 lime/lemon

1/3 cup sesame seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

2 x 250g pieces tuna steak

1 Tbs oil

Ingredients for Chili & Ginger Dressing :

2 ½ Tbs olive oil

4cm piece ginger, finely grated

3 shallots, finely chopped

1 bird’s-eye chilli, seeded, finely chopped (add more if you like spicy)

1/3 cup caster sugar

½ cup rice vinegar

1 Tbs light soy sauce

1 Tbs fish sauce

Juice of 1 lime/lemon


  • To make chilli and ginger dressing …. heat oil in a small saucepan over low heat … add ginger, shallots and chilli and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft……stir in sugar and vinegar until sugar dissolves, then simmer for 5 minutes to mellow the vinegar taste …add 2 tbs water and bring to the boil….remove from the heat then add soy sauce, fish sauce and lime juice, and stir to combine ….set aside to cool
  •                To make salad, cut avocados into thin wedges ….slice cucumbers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and thinly slice on the diagonal …place avocados, cucumbers, nuts, chives and lime juice in a large bowl and toss to combine
  •                 Place sesame and fennel seeds on a plate and season generously with freshly ground black pepper…press a piece of tuna into seed mixture to coat evenly then turn over and coat the other side….repeat with other piece of tuna
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium–high heat…cook tuna for 1½ minutes each side for medium–rare or until cooked to your liking
  • Divide salad among plates ….slice tuna and place next to the salad… drizzle the chili & ginger dressing over the salad and the tuna

2 responses »

  1. Allyson Sullivan

    Made the sesame crusted tuna with chilli and ginger dressing last night. It was, as you stated, “lip-smacking delicious” – we loved it! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Will definitely make again and again …..
    Allyson x


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