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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This weekend was definitely ideal for grillin’! Oh, the aromas of so many BBQs fired up all over the neighborhood! Just had to whip up something with an Asian flair that we could serve our guests, so why not Vietnamese Grilled Pork Tenderloin Skewers? The marinade gives such amazing flavor to the pork (you can also substitute chicken or shrimp with this recipe) with hints of fresh ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. The pork is super tender when grilled and took no time at all to cook through. Serve these skewers with a side of our delicious Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad, which pairs so well with this recipe! All that’s left is a tall mug of brewskie and you’ve got yourself a great summer meal!
These super flavorful Vietnamese pork tenderloin skewers are so easy to prepare!
Vietnamese pork tenderloin skewers cook in only 15 minutes on the grill. Serve with a side of our Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad.
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemongrass, finely chopped (white parts only), or 1 tablespoon jarred lemongrass
- 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (divided)
- 1 large pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and fat, and cut into bite-sized pieces
- For the marinade, place all ingredients up to pork tenderloin into mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside a small portion of the marinade. Place the marinade in a large sealed bag and add the pork. Marinate at least one hour or more in the refrigerator.
- Remove the pork from the refrigerator and thread the pork onto wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes (this prevents the skewers from burning on the grill).
- Grill the pork skewers on medium high heat for 15 minutes, turning frequently. Meanwhile, place the reserved marinade in a small sauce pot and heat. Drizzle over skewers when ready to serve. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.
- Serve with a side of Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad.
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