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Pan-Seared Sesame-Crusted Tuna Steaks With Avocado Orange Salsa

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“This recipe is from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. It is a delicious light recipe that comes together very quickly. Leave the tuna pink in the center for the best flavor. For an alternative preparation omit the sesame seeds and press 1/2 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns onto each side of the oiled tuna steaks before cooking.”
4 tuna steaks

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the salsa:
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt to taste.
  3. For the fish:
  4. Spread the sesame seeds in a shallow dish.
  5. Pat the fish dry with paper towels, then rub thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of the oil.
  6. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  7. Press both sides of each steak into the sesame seeds to coat.
  8. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking.
  9. Gently lay the tuna in the pan and cook until the seeds are golden brown 1.5 - 2 minutes.
  10. Carefully flip the fish and continue to cook until just golden brown on the second side, 1.5 - 3 minutes depending upon your desired doneness.
  11. Serve with the salsa.

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