Sesame Crusted Ahi

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Author Notes: I found some beautiful wild caught, ahi, the piece I chose was about 1.5# and about two inches thick, and when I saw it I knew what its destiny would be….sesame crusted ahi. This dish in no way is revolutionary….cutting edge….or original, its just really damn good. You can serve this with a dipping sauce, I like ponzu, but you can venture out into all kinds combinations, simply a squeeze of lemon, or nothing at all.Alexandra V. Jones


Serves 2-3

  • 1-1.5 pounds Ahi tuna fillet, trimmed.
  • 1/2 cup sesame seed, I used half white, half black.
  • 4 tablespoons high heat oil, I used walnut.
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin.
  • good sea salt to taste.
  1. Heat your oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Place sesame seeds on a plate, salt fish liberally, press fish into seeds until the fillet(s) are fully covered.
  2. Place fish in hot oil, now cooking time will depend on how thick your fish is, I did mine in one huge piece, so I cooked it on both top and bottom 5 minutes each and then seared each side, and mine was rare, don’t cook it more than mid-rare or you should honestly just buy a can of “chicken of the sea”.
  3. If you have small fillets it can be as short as one minute per side! There is a lovely built in indicator with ahi, if you look at the sides it will show you how much of the fish is pink, the area above and below will be opaque.
  4. Let the fish rest five minutes or so…..then slice thinly, against the grain. Sprinkle with green onions, dip in sauce of choice. This is great over short grain rice or in a salad, or even tacos! Honestly, we ate it off the cutting board with our hands….cuz we classy.

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