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Grilled Sesame Tuna

Seared ahi tuna is one of those fabulous meals that exists somewhere between dreams and reality…this recipe was born from a sushi craving. I love to feed my kids as much seafood as possible, but the reality is that means frozen shrimp or seafood on sale. I saw yellowtail on sale at Wegmans last week, so I snapped it right up. My kids really like seafood, so it wasn’t hard to get them to try tuna. However, the sesame seeds are completely strange to them and I definitely got some pushback, so I adjusted accordingly. I made one of the tuna steaks sesame seed free – and everyone ate their dinner. You have to pick your battles….

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Grilled Sesame Tuna
Author: Kate Wagner
Serves: serves 4
If you aren’t sure your kids will eat sesame seeds then play it safe and make one tuna steak sesame seed free. To introduce them to the flavor give them a small piece from your plate and let them try it. For my kids I try to have realistic expectations…eating sesame seeds is less important than enjoying a happy and healthy dinner. Happy cooking!
  • 2 Tuna steaks (1 1/4 – 1/2 lbs total)
  • 4 tbsp Canola oil, divided in half
  • 2 tsp Sesame oil, divided in half
  • 2/3 cups Sesame seeds, mix of white and black seeds, divided in half
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, divided in half
  1. Spray grill with canola spray and turn to medium high.
  2. Pat tuna dry.
  3. On one plate combine half of the canola oil and sesame oil.
  4. On a second plate combine half of the sesame seeds and Kosher salt.
  5. Dip tuna in the oil mixture, making sure to completely cover the tuna.
  6. Transfer to the plate with the sesame seed mixture and throughly coat the tuna, pressing the sesame seeds to adhere to the tuna.
  7. Grill tuna on medium high for 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and slice thinly to serve.

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