This dish is delicious and very quick to make. We enjoy it with Green Beans with Chinese Sausage and XO Sauce, and a Zippy, Spicy Ginger Salad Dressing and Chinese Salad – both of which recipes you can access by clicking on those titles.
No special culinary equipment is needed for the preparation of this Ahi Tuna.
For the Ahi Tuna Steaks (Pan Seared) in a Sesame Crust:
2 (4-6 ounce each) Ahi Tuna Steaks (Sashimi-grade)
½ teaspoon of Salt
½ teaspoon of Black Pepper, freshly ground
¼ cup of Toasted Sesame Seeds
1 tablespoon of Canola Oil
For the Avocado Relish:
1 Avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
Half of a medium Tomato, cut into ⅛-inch cubes
2 tablespoons of White Onion, finely chopped
One Green Onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of Cilantro, finely chopped
½ teaspoon of fresh Ginger, grated
1 teaspoon of Sesame Oil
2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
Juice of 1 Lime
Half of a large, or one small Jalapeño Pepper, very finely chopped (add more or less depending on your taste)
To Prepare the Avocado Relish:
In a medium size bowl, mix together gently with a spoon the avocado, the tomato, the white onion, the green onion, and the cilantro until these ingredients are mixed well together. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the ginger, the sesame oil, the rice wine vinegar, the soy sauce, the juice of the lime, and the very finely chopped jalapeno and once it is well integrated, pour this mixture over the avocado mixture. Mix that together so that the sauce is fully integrated into the avocado mixture. Set this aside.
To Prepare the Ahi Tuna Steaks (Pan Seared) in a Sesame Crust:
Heat a skillet with the canola oil, until the oil begins to shimmer. While heating the skillet, sprinkle your ahi tuna steaks with salt and pepper. Pour the toasted sesame seeds onto a paper plate, and then press the tuna steaks down onto the sesame seeds to get them to stick. Once you have coated each side with the salt and pepper and the sesame seeds, check the canola oil; if it is starting to shimmer, place the ahi tuna steaks into the skillet. Let them cook for 1-2 minutes and then turn the steaks over; let them cook for 1-2 minutes more. These steaks are served rare inside, which is why it is important that you purchase only the highest quality of sashimi grade ahi tuna from a reputable source.
We enjoy slicing the ahi tuna steaks once they are cooked, and then serving them with the avocado relish. We serve this with Green Beans with Chinese Sausage and XO Sauce, and a Zippy, Spicy Ginger Salad Dressing and Chinese Salad – both of which recipes you can access by clicking on those titles.