So, I got the inspiration for this dish while watching “The F Word” on my treadmill (it’s a really fun cooking show)! Gordon Ramsay makes a version of this yummy Sesame Crusted Tuna dish that made my mouth water! (Seriously, I was drooling a little!) I really wanted to share this recipe with you because it’s super simple, but full of fabulous flavor. Don’t be intimidated about searing a beautiful piece of tuna steak. It cooks so quickly and perfectly that it’s hard to mess up. The preferred doneness is very pink in the middle, but if you’re skittish about it being slightly seared, just sear it a bit more on each side. And the good news is that it’s gluten-free, made with rice noodles and gluten-free soy sauce for all of you gluten-free foodies. The presentation of this dish is everything, so please snap a picture of this dish when you make it and post it on our Facebook page. Are you drooling yet?
Tastes as good as it looks, this gorgeous Sesame Crusted Tuna is delicately placed over a bed of Asian-flavored rice noodles with chopped bell peppers, scallions and herbs.
Layer the bottom of a shallow dish with white and black sesame seeds.
Sushi-grade tuna steaks are so easy to prep. Brush them with canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Dredge the tuna steaks in the white and black sesame mixture. Get ready to sear!
The finished product is absolutely stunning! Sprinkle more sesame seeds on top and finish off with a dollop of wakame seaweed salad. This dish is a winner!
- ½ cup white sesame seeds
- ½ cup black sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 4 (8-ounce) sushi-grade tuna steaks
- Salt & pepper
- For the noodles:
- ¼ cup gluten-free soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoons yuzu juice, or juice from 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 8 oz. vermicelli rice noodles
- ½ red bell pepper, seeded and julienned
- ½ yellow bell pepper, seeded and julienned
- ¼ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
- ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
- 3 scallions, thinly chopped on the bias
- Store-bought wakame (seaweed salad) for garnish
- Black sesame seeds for garnish
- Prepare the tuna: Spread the white and black sesame seeds on the bottom of a shallow dish. Pat the tuna steaks with paper towels to dry. Brush each tuna steak with 1 tablespoon canola oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge each piece in the sesame seeds to thoroughly coat.
- Heat a heavy skillet over high heat with remaining canola oil until oil starts to wave. Cook the tuna steaks on both sides for approximately 1 minute until golden brown. Remove from the pan and let rest on a cutting board. When at room temperature, slice the tuna on the bias into about ½ thick slices.
- For the noodles: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, yuzu juice, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook approximately 4-5 minutes until al-dente. Rinse the noodles under cold water in a strainer. Place the noodles in a large mixing bowl and add the sauce, bell peppers, cilantro, mint, and scallions. Mix together well.
- To plate: Place a nice portion of the noodles mixture on the bottom of a shallow bowl or plate. Top with slices of tuna, sprinkle black sesame seeds and a dollop of wakame on top.
If you liked this recipe, try our Wasabi Seared Tuna
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There’s nothing that says summer like melt-in-your-mouth Lobster Rolls! They remind me of my many trips to New England where one must indulge in fresh Maine lobster rolls! So, here’s our take on an Asian-inspired version using Chinese steamed buns (a.k.a. “Bao”) instead of the standard hot dog bun. This recipe couldn’t be easier! We used cooked lobster for a short cut (Whole Foods will steam the lobster for you!), but you can buy it frozen or cook the lobster yourself. We also cheated a little by using Pillsbury Grands, which is available at your local grocery store, and steamed them in a bamboo steamer. Easier than making these steamed buns from scratch! Serve with a side salad of Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw and chips for a perfect summer picnic! (If you like this recipe, try our Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Bánh Mì sandwich!)
Succulent and sweet, these Asian-inspired lobster rolls will remind you of a balmy summer’s day in New England!
Steam the buns in a bamboo steamer for perfect Chinese “bao” buns!
The buns will puff up when steamed. Then fill them with the lobster salad mixture!
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- ¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1½ pounds cooked, shelled lobster meat, cubed
- 1 celery stalk, sliced
- 1 tablespoon red onion, chopped
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 teaspoon lemongrass, finely chopped (white parts only)
- Zest from ½ lime
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits
- To make the aioli: In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sambal oelek and lemon juice. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine lobster, celery, red onion, green onion, lemongrass, lime zest, and cilantro. Fold in the aioli mixture. Set aside.
- Separate dough into 8 biscuits. With fingers, flatten each into rounds about ½ inch thick. Fold over to form half-moon shape; place in steamer or bamboo steamer lined with parchment paper. Set steamer on top of wok or saucepan with boiling water. Steam 10 minutes; cool completely.
- Cut buns in half, but not completely through, to form a pocket. Stuff buns with lobster salad mixture and serve immediately on a platter. Serve with a side of potato chips or your favorite side, like Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw!
If you liked this recipe, try our Easy Sushi Pizza
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