Pan Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame and Chia Seeds

I was a little adventurous today. While at Costco this morning, a pack of fresh wild ahi tuna caught my attention as I was shopping in the seafood cooler. The pack had 3 small pieces of tuna. As most of you may have known that when you buy from Costco, you buy in bulk. So when I saw this pack, I had to buy it.

I was quite busy the whole day today, running a lot of things up and down. I was hoping to find some ahi tuna recipes online but I didn’t have much time to check out every single recipes I saw. I tried to remember the very last time our family had seared tuna from a restaurant and see if I can figure out what goes on the crust.

I always tell my friends that if you are a cook, all you need to know are what ingredients go into the dish, the amount is not as important. You can estimate the amount, just “agak-agak” (it means estimate in Malay language). Going through the pantry, I grabbed what I have – sesame seeds, chia seeds, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, salt and black pepper. I put together this dish from start to finish in less than 20 minutes. Could have done it faster if I didn’t have to film it.

Pan Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame and Chia Seeds


3 pieces of wild ahi tuna (a little over a pound)
2-3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (if you like it hot, add more)
Salt to taste Olive oil for drizzling and cooking

1. Pat dry the tuna steaks with paper towel.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients on a shallow plate and mix well.
3. Coat each tuna steak evenly with the seasoning above.
4. Heat up a non-stick pan. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into the pan.
5. Drizzle a little olive oil over the tuna steaks before cooking.
6. When the oil is hot, transfer the tuna steaks to the pan.
7. Depending the thickness of the tuna steak and how rare/welldone you want your tuna steak, adjust the cooking time accordingly. Usually between 1-2 minutes each side.
8. Lightly sear the edge around the tuna steak. 9. Transfer to plate when done and serve.

Hope you like it!

  • Nick Chan
    May 30, 2014

    Bookmarked this down and gonna try this recipe next time. May I know how does Chia Seeds contribute to the taste?

    • Anna Kee
      May 30, 2014

      Hi Nick, Chia seed itself has no taste to it (to me they are tasteless). Chia seeds help to give the tuna a slight crunchy texture on the outside without adding much flavor to it.

  • Sarah
    June 2, 2014

    Love it,I will show John and Sally the video .

    • Anna Kee
      June 2, 2014

      I am glad u enjoy the video. :)

  • Sarah
    October 7, 2014

    Sally prepared the tuna and we follow the video . A little bit over cooked but John and Sally really like it. Thanks for the very helpful video .

    • Anna Kee
      October 8, 2014

      Thank you for trying. The cooking time depends on the thickness of the tuna steak. Adjust the time accordingly.

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