Sesame Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Pan-Roasted Garlic and Chilli, Served with Noodles & Fresh Coriander

My husband Peter loves Japanese food and this is one of his favourites.


Sesame seared Yellowfin Tuna, pan roasted garlic and chilli, served with noodles and fresh coriander

seared tuna with sesame crust

Japanese seared tuna

Sesame seared Yellowfin Tuna, pan-roasted garlic and chilli, served with noodles & fresh coriander

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 large fresh red chill sliced
  • 2 x 250g pieces yellowfin tuna, cut in half
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli oil
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • 125g medium egg noodles, cooked according to the packet instructions.


Heat the coconut oil in frying pan and cook off the garlic and fresh chilli for around 7-10 minutes until they are soft and the garlic has turned a golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.

Place your sesame and fennel seeds on a plate with the freshly ground black pepper. Press a piece of tuna into seed mixture to coat. Turn over and coat the other side. Repeat with remaining tuna.

Heat coconut oil in a frying pan over medium–high heat. Cook the  tuna for around 60 seconds on each side for rare, or 90 seconds on each side for medium rare.

Finely slice the tuna and serve on a plate with the chilli, garlic, fresh coriander and drizzle with chilli oil. Serve with the noodles.


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34 Responses

  1. DaisLikeThese

    Now that looks amazing! I LOVE tuna, and Japanese food.
    We also have an amazing local Japanese restaurant and just to let you know that my previously fussy 7yr old has come through the other side and is now super adventurous. He now begs to have dinner at the Japanese!

  2. Amy - Baking with Granny

    That tuna looks insanely delicious. I do love fresh tuna but it’s not something I’ve really tried making for myself. I do make a mean tuna sandwich on the other hand though! 😉

  3. Sarah - Craft Invaders

    We’re having Tuna for supper, which is brilliant because normally I read your wonderful recipes and then crave whatever you have presented so beautifully, but tonight I’ll actually get to eat it (albeit as Salad Nicoise):)

  4. Eb Gargano / Easy Peasy Foodie

    This looks fab – beautiful photos…I LOVE Japanese food. We recently took our kids to Brighton and we were going to have fish and chips, but then we spotted a sushi restaurant…we asked the kids if they fancied giving it a try and amazingly said yes! (I admit we used the fact the food goes round and round on a conveyor belt to convince them). Even more amazingly they really enjoyed the food…had to stop them from whipping more dishes off the conveyor belt at one point – they just couldn’t get enough! It was such a fun experience…will definitely be going back 🙂

    • Honest Mum

      Aw so lovely to read, my kids love the veggie options and sushi time in a restaurant is so fun! I wish we had a conveyor belt at home!

  5. Jenny

    Wow that is some amazing food styling going on here darling. Just gorgeous. Sounds so tasty too. Want to pick it off my screen and eat it. lol Thanks for hosting.

  6. Amy (Feeding Finn)

    Yum! I love tuna and it has to be cooked rare like this. We love it with mango salsa (packed with chilies). Will give this recipe a try next time. Love all your recipes and photos!


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