Sesame Symphony: Crusted Tuna Tataki


Embark on a culinary journey with our Sesame Symphony Crusted Tuna Tataki. This Japanese-inspired dish features succulent tuna steaks, lightly seared and encrusted with a golden layer of toasted sesame seeds. Paired with a tangy dipping sauce, each bite offers a harmonious blend of flavors and textures, making it a sophisticated yet simple delight for the senses.

Sesame Symphony: Crusted Tuna Tataki

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 tuna steak (approximately 100g)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 210 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 320mg


  • Fresh tuna steaks: 4 (400g total)
  • White sesame seeds: 1/2 cup (75g)
  • Black sesame seeds: 1/2 cup (75g)
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons (30ml)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Dipping Sauce:
    • Soy sauce: 1/4 cup (60ml)
    • Mirin: 2 tablespoons (30ml)
    • Rice vinegar: 1 tablespoon (15ml)
    • Ginger, grated: 1 teaspoon (2g)
    • Garlic clove, minced: 1
    • Green onion, finely chopped: 1

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Sesame Crust: Mix white and black sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Season tuna steaks with salt and pepper, then press them into the sesame seeds to coat all sides.
  • Sear Tuna: Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Sear the tuna steaks for about 1 minute per side. They should be rare in the middle but crusted on the outside.
  • Prepare Dipping Sauce: Combine soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and green onion in a bowl.
  • Slice and Serve: Let the tuna steaks rest for a few minutes, then slice thinly. Serve with the dipping sauce.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Tuna Quality: Use sushi-grade tuna for the best flavor and texture.
  • Sesame Seeds: Toast them lightly for a nuttier flavor.
  • Don’t Overcook: Sear quickly to keep the center rare.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of fish? 

Yes, salmon also works well with this recipe.

How long can I store the leftovers? 

Best enjoyed fresh, but can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.

Is this dish gluten-free? 

Use gluten-free soy sauce to make it gluten-free.

As you savor the Sesame Symphony Crusted Tuna Tataki, let each slice transport you to the bustling streets of Tokyo. This dish isn't just a meal; it's a culinary exploration, where the simplicity of ingredients speaks volumes, and every bite is a testament to the elegance of Japanese cuisine. Bon appétit, or as they say in Japan, itadakimasu!