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Paleo Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna, A Sashimi-Grade Fish

This Paleo Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna recipe is lightly pan-seared with sesame seeds to give the raw sashimi-grade Ahi tuna a crunchy outside, served with a coconut aminos, sesame oil, fresh sweet chili oil sauce. We would even recommend throwing in some avocadoes if you have them, as they pair so nicely. Ahi tuna is usually preeeettty pricey if you get it in a restaurant, but not too bad if you get it from the butcher. Considering that if you get sashimi-grade, you don’t even need to cook it, it’s totally worth buying it for a nice at-home dinner for you and your sweetie. This recipe is one of my favorites…it goes really great with our Paleo Shrimp Sauce (see our Paleo Effect Cookbook)!

Angel is finally back from his weekend with the boys. I think he was pleasantly surprised with the adjustments I made to the house. While he was out, I replaced all of the curtains in the living room and bedroom, rearranged the bedroom, hung some pictures and just spent some time decorating the joint. It was no small feat, but he was so pleased when he came home, it was worth it. Life is so much better when Angel is here :)

Recipe: Paleo Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna


  • 4 Sashimi-grade Ahi Tuna Steaks
  • Paleo Sesame Poke Sauce
  • ¼ cup White Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ cup Black Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp Coarse Sea Salt


  • If you are using frozen tuna, dethaw it in the refrigerator or cold water bath – NOT in the microwave, we beg you not to use the microwave!! Also, don’t use hot water, it dries out the fish and changes the texture…no bueno.
  • Marinate the tuna in the Paleo Sesame Poke Sauce for 20 minutes (We like to put the marinade on, then made some Paleo Crispy Spinach Chips, which also take about 20 minutes).
  • After 20 minutes, take the tuna out of the marinade and blot dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the fish lightly with coarse sea salt and then roll in sesame seeds. You can mix the black and white together, or make different combinations depending on your preference. We like to switch it up.
  • Combine the coconut oil and sesame oil. Heat over high (~ 8) heat. NOTE: The sesame seeds will go flying once the fish touches the oil. It’s going to feel like a mess. Don’t let that distract you. Just stick with it, its going to taste great.
  • Sear the fish in the hot oil for 30-40 seconds on each side and all edges. This is SO FAST. Believe us when we say that is all you need. If you do longer, the whole fish will be cooked all the way through. What we are shooting for is room temperature meat with a pink center and 1/8” sear around the outside. If you want it cold and raw, then try a quick 15-30 seconds on each side.
  • Remove the Ahi tuna from the heat and place on a cutting board, then slice the it into ¼” slices. Drizzle a little of the Paleo Sesame Poke Sauce over the Ahi tuna and serve!
  • This recipe is Pescatarian!

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Paleo Rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Try this recipe with our Paleo Crispy Spinach Chips!