Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna

The Super Bowl is now behind us, which feels like the mark of the official end to all the splurge treats and dishes we started consuming back around Thanksgiving. We had a great run, guys. That said, it is time to give our bods a healthy reset, and what better way to do so than an easy, delicious meal from A Healthy Hint?

For this recipe, our key ingredient is: Ahi Tuna

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Ahi Tuna is a light fish that is often served rare. We love it for its fresh flavor, but above all, we love it for the high protein punch it packs. You could have guessed that one. 3 ounces of raw ahi tuna contain 24.8 grams of protein, and only 110 calories.
  • Much like salmon, ahi tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids, which means better heart health. This also helps with lowering high blood pressure, and reduces inflammation.
  • Ahi tuna is also going to be a friend to your brain. It is high in a nutrient called niacin, which has been linked to a reduction in risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Ahi tuna also contains a nutrient called Selenium which is a crucial nutrient for the health of your thyroid. Our thyroids regulate our hormones and our metabolism, so keeping this gland in tip top shape is a necessity.


Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna

A delicious sesame crusted tuna, perfect for salads or on its own
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 260 kcal


  • Shallow bowl
  • Skillet


  • 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce (or sub for coconut aminos if you prefer them)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (approximately 1 lime)
  • 1/4 teaspoon wasabi paste (add more if you like it spicy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 lbs ahi tuna, cut into 3-4 steaks


  • In a shallow bowl, mix together soy sauce, lime juice, wasabi paste, salt and pepper. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Evenly spread sesame seeds onto a plate or flat surface.
  • Heat olive oil and sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When oil is heated, fully submerge tuna in soy sauce mixture and then coat all sides of the tuna in sesame seeds.
  • Gently place the sesame coated tuna in the skillet and cook to desired doneness. Depending on how thick the steaks are and how rare you like them, they should only need about 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat when cooked as desired.
  • We love to serve these steaks over a simply bed of spinach massaged with lime juice and olive oil!


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260, Total Fat: 13.1g, Saturated Fat: 1.7g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 810mg, Total Carbohydrates: 5.2g, Dietary Fiber: 2.2g, Total Sugars: 0.2g, Protein: 30.5g
Keyword ahi tuna, crusted tuna, sesame tuna, tuna steak

How is it February already? Trick yourself into thinking you are eating this delicious fish on a warm beach, instead of while stuck inside your home blasting your heater. Let us know what you think of the recipe in the comments below!


Amanda and Christina


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