Sesame Seared Tuna Salad


  • 4 (6 oz) sushi-grade yellow fin (or ahi) tuna steaks (about 3/4 inch thick)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp freshly ground sea salt
  • ½ cup white sesame seeds
  • ½ cup black sesame seeds
  • 1 T sesame oil

For the salad and dressing

  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 cups arugula leaves
  • 2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 small bulb)


  1. Combine sesame seeds in a bowl; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Coat tuna steaks with sesame seed mixture.
  4. Add tuna steaks to pan and sear; cook 2 minutes on each side or until they reach desired degree of doneness.
  5. Remove from heat and let sit while you prepare salad
  6. Combine 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice in a large bowl and whisk well.
  7. Add arugula and fennel; toss well.
  8. Place about 2 cups salad on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 tuna steak

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