This Paleo Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna recipe is done in minutes and great for budget food lovers. 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 :)
Paleo Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna
2 sashimi-grade Ahi Tuna Steaks
White Sesame Seeds
Black Sesame Seeds
½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Coarse Sea Salt
If you are using frozen tuna, dethaw it in the refrigerator or cold water bath – NOT in the microwave. I beg you not to use the microwave! Also, don’t use hot water, it dries out the fish.
Marinade the tuna in the poke bowl sauce for 20 minutes (I like to put the marinade on, then do some crispy “fried” spinach, which also takes about 20 minutes to cook). I like to let it sit out at room temperature while I marinate.
After 20 minutes, take the tuna out of the marinade and blot dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the fish lightly with sea salt (I use coarse) and then roll in sesame seeds. I like to just mix the black and white together until they look cool. Really. Not rocket science.
Combine the coconut oil and sesame oil. Heat over high heat (about an 8).
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 me when I say that is all you need. If you do longer, the whole thing 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 from the heat and place on a cutting board. Slice the Ahi into 1/4” slices. I like to drizzle a little of the poke bowl sauce over the Ahi before I serve it. Perfect!
Try this recipe with our Paleo Crispy Spinach Chips!