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Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna Steaks

Make these restaurant quality Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna steaks at home and in minutes! 

Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna

I know a lot of people are intimidated by making fish at home. I’m constantly answering questions on how to cook fish perfectly. Sadly, I don’t have a great answer for it because I just know… and I haven’t figured out exactly how to explain it without showing. But one thing I have perfected is cooking ahi tuna.

Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna

We love ordering ahi tuna steaks when we go out to eat. But since we rarely go out to eat any more I’ve decided to start cooking it at home. After a few attempts I’ve finally perfected these Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna Steaks. The key is to make the sauce ahead of time and then season the tuna steaks well with salt and pepper.

Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna

You will only cook these for just a few minutes so having the sauce prepared before you cook the steaks is key. Then during the last minute of cooking you’ll pour just a little bit of the sauce on top of the steaks. Let it cook into the steaks and then pour the additional sauce once the steaks are plated. Sprinkle with both black and white sesame seeds and dinner is served. This has been one of my quickest meals to get on the table to date. As long as my husband is home and playing with the baby I can have our entire dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes. The rice is what takes the longest to cook. Stay tuned, I’ll share the honey ginger green bean recipe on Friday.

Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna

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Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 tablespoon white and black sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tuna steaks


  1. In a bowl mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, minced garlic, and ginger. Set to the side.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the tuna steaks. Season with salt and pepper to taste on both side.
  3. Heat a skillet to high heat with the grape seed oil. Place tuna steak in skillet (you should hear a searing sound). Cook 2 minutes, then flip. Spoon half the sauce into the pan during the last minute of cooking. Remove the tuna steaks and plate. Pour the remainder of the sauce over the tuna steaks and sprinkle with sesame seeds, dividing evenly.

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15 Responses to “Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna Steaks”

  1. Yvonne posted on April 11, 2016 at 2:55 am (#)

    I made this for guests tonight and everyone raved about how delicious it was! It truly takes only moments to prepare, but tastes like something from a nice restaurant. I’m so glad to have found this recipe and I’m sure I’ll be making it many times in the future. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Katie replied on April 11th, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Yvonne, I’m so glad you and your guest enjoyed this recipe! Yes–ahi tuna can be intimidating to make yet so easy!!!

  2. Johanna posted on December 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm (#)

    How many steaks is this recipe for? 🙂

    • Katie replied on January 2nd, 2017 at 7:51 am

      I made 2 tuna steaks with this recipe. Happy Cooking!

  3. loriann posted on March 15, 2018 at 11:34 am (#)

    This is a such a easy recipe. I recently made it with Salmon (it was lovely) as I did not have Tuna in the house.

    • Katie replied on March 20th, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Loriann, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Anna Foster posted on October 11, 2018 at 9:56 pm (#)

    This was so easy and tasty. First time making tuna and it came out great. I had to put the remaining sauce over heat before serving to melt the sugar. I also think if you want to be healthier you can do half the amount of sesame oil, because the sauce is certainly oily, but not in a yucky way. I served this over spinach, chickpeas, and sprouts, and it was very healthy and delicious.

    • Katie replied on October 16th, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Hi Anna, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe! Sounds like you made a delicious meal.

  5. Janet Theilen posted on January 14, 2019 at 9:20 pm (#)

    I prepared this tonight and it was so delicious! I’m amazed that for my first try this was better than any Ahi I’ve ever had in a restaurant, We’re really impressed! Thanks for giving me the courage to try it on my own!

    • Katie replied on January 14th, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Hi Janet, thank you so much for taking the time to leave feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  6. Kearsti posted on March 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm (#)

    Do you think this would taste ok with fresh minced ginger?

    • Katie replied on March 14th, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Hi, yes I think so–just finely mince or even grate the fresh ginger! 🙂


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