Seared Ahi Tuna with Sesame Noodles
- 1 lb. ahi tuna steak
- 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 pkg. pre-packaged/cooked udon noodles
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1.4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp. sriracha
Heat up the pre-cooked udon noodles in the water for 2-3 minutes, until loosened up. Drain the water and add the noodles to a medium mixing bowl.
To make the sesame noodles, add the garlic, ginger, tahini, peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sriracha into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the dressing over the noodles in the mixing bowl and stir until the noodles are completely covered. Place into the fridge while you cook the tuna.
Pour sesame seeds into a shallow dish large enough to fit the tuna steak. Coat both sides of the tuna in 1/2 tbsp. of oil, salt, and pepper. Press each side of the fish firmly into the sesame seeds. To sear the tuna, heat the remaining coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat and set on a large cutting board.
Cut the tuna across the grain diagonally with a very sharp knife and place a few slices on each plate. Serve alongside the sesame noodles, and some spicy cucumbers if you would like for some added texture!
To make spicy cucumbers, cut 1 large cucumber into matchsticks and toss with 2 tsp. soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and salt. Serve cold.