Sesame-Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna

On Election Day after many contentious and negativity filled months, I determined that tonight Spence and I would come home after casting our vote and enjoy a quiet dinner while sharing a great bottle of Proscecco. And the “Best of Earth, Wind and Fire” on the stereo…

When I saw Sashimi-grade Ahi Tuna at my favorite market, I devised a recipe after combing Pinteres; the result was outstanding.  Here is the recipe, served with buttered garlic crostini and a spinach salad.

Sesame-Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna


  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • 1 T whole peppercorns (I used a black/pink/green/white melange)
  • 1/2 t sea salt

Place ingredients into a spice grinder or use a mortar and pestle.

2 ahi tuna steaks (about 1 lb)

Coat the tuna with the sesame-pepper mixture.  Using a cast iron skillet, pour peanut oil onto a paper towel and wipe over the skillet surface.  Turn the burner onto a medium high heat and then place the tuna into the skillet to sear for 1 1/2 minutes, turn and sear for another 1 – 1 1/2 minutes for rare tuna.  Remove and serve.