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Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna

September 9, 2012

Growing up we had plenty of fresh fish since my father loved fishing but whenever I make tuna I always think of Capt. Billie Black serving me lunch on his Hatteras at Walker’s Cay.  We were fishing for billfish but managed to catch a few other types of fish.  If you want to really ‘get away’ from the USA, this self-contained island is perfect for fishing, diving and just being lazy, unless you feel like walking the entire island.  Love…….

Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna /  (better known as ‘Black & Blue’)



  • 2 T. Sesame Oil
  • 1 T. Soy Sauce
  • 1 T. Freshly Grated Ginger
  • 1/4 t. Minced Garlic
  • 1 Scallion (save a few slices for garnish)
  • 1 t. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 C. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tuna Steak (approx. 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 T. Unsalted Butter


  1. Mix all the ingredients together (except the tuna)
  2. Set tuna in the marinade; cover and refrigerate for about an hour
  3. Heat grill pan with 2 t. oil; remove and roll sides in sesame seeds
  4. When hot sear the steak for 1-1 1/2 minutes on each side (more time needed if you do not want them rare
  5. Remove from pan and serve immediately
  6. Garnish with scallions, lime and parsley

(Recipe for 1)

Recipe from John and Barry (Fire Island/1980)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2012 06:03

    What a great looking piece of fish!

    • September 10, 2012 18:54

      I love it too! So happy when I can find fish just being brought into the fish market.

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