Try this recipe for sesame-crusted tuna, then check out our niçoise salad, tuna wraps, tuna pasta salad, and more tuna recipes. For an extra zingy flavour, serve with our homemade miso ginger dressing

What are the benefits of sesame seeds?

olive nutritionist Kerry Torrens says “These are a great source of protein as well as valuable minerals such as iron, zinc, copper and potassium. They also supply more vitamin E than the equivalent amount of chia seeds, and their high oil content (up to 60%) has been proven to help reduce blood pressure, while plant compounds supply useful cholesterol-lowering properties."


  • 2 tuna steaks
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • a thumb-sized piece ginger, grated


  • 1 little gem lettuce, cored and cut into chunky pieces
  • 100g sugar snap peas
  • a handful radishes, quartered
  • 75g edamame
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ a small pack coriander, torn


  • STEP 1

    For the dressing, put the miso into a bowl and add 50ml of cold water, whisking to dissolve. Stir in the rice vinegar, ginger and some seasoning.

  • STEP 2

    Tip all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl, then toss gently with the dressing.

  • STEP 3

    Cut the tuna steaks into 3cm fingers, then put the sesame seeds onto a plate and roll over the tuna pieces to cover all the sides.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the sesame oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the tuna pieces for 30 seconds on each side, just to sear and toast the sesame seeds.

  • STEP 5

    Divide the salad between two plates and serve with the tuna on top.


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Adam BushDeputy food editor

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