Recipe: Sesame Crusted Tuna w Oranges, Avocado & Peanut Dressing

Serves 2

Peanut Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sambal Oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons dry-roasted peanuts


  • 2 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • 1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons vertically sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lightly chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lightly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 avocado, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled, quartered & cubed
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 Tuna Steaks (4 1/2 ounces each), 1 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • salt and pepper


1. To prepare dressing, combine the first 9 ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Add peanuts; process 10 seconds.

2. To prepare salad, combine greens and gently mix remaining ingredients evenly in a mixing bowl, and divide between 2 serving plates. Drizzle each salad with 1/4 cup dressing.

3. To prepare tuna, spread the sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Pat the fish dry with paper towels, then rub thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Press both sides of each steak into the sesame seeds to coat. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a 10 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat until just smoking. Gently lay the tuna in the pan and cook until the seeds are golden, 1 1/2 minutes. Carefully flip the tuna (I use two flat spatulas-one on each side) and continue to cook until golden on the remaining side, 1 1/2 minutes. Place on cutting board and gently slice on bias and then use spatula to place atop salad. Drizzle remaining peanut dressing on tuna if desired.

4. Enjoy!

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One Response to “Recipe: Sesame Crusted Tuna w Oranges, Avocado & Peanut Dressing”

  1. Love that you’re using Sambal Oelek. My grandmother used to make it from scratch for use in her Indonesian cooking. I grew up eating it on just about everything. Still a favorite sandwich is peanut butter & sambal. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I’m definitely going to have to try this.

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