Sesame Seared Tuna on a Noodle Salad with a Dipping Sauce Recipe

I was in the supermarket and the fish counter had this lovely piece of tuna reduced to £3! When I eat sushi I love the sesame encrusted tuna so thought I would have a go at it myself. It was so delicious and the dipping sauce had all the flavours I love sweet, salty, zingy with a bit of fire from the ginger. The noodle salad went perfectly and added a great texture from the vegetables. If I see the tuna reduced again I would definitely have this salad.

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the tuna

  • 1 piece of tuna loin, belly removed (the fatty bit with lots of white)
  • 1/2 tsp each of ground ginger, coriander, chilli, salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp of both black and white sesame seeds

For the noodle salad

  • 80-100g buckwheat soba noodles, cooked to packet instructions
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 100g purple sprouting broccoli, thick stems removed
  • 3 spring onions, sliced

For the dipping sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • thumb piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • juice of a lime
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp palm or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp kecap manis, (optional)


For the tuna

  1. Start by preparing the tuna. Mix the spices and seasoning together in a bowl and rub all over the tuna loin. On a plate add the sesame seeds and give them a mix. Press each side of the tuna into the seasame seeds to coat all over.
  2. Heat a drizzle in a frying pan over a high heat. Once very hot add the tuna and cook on each side for about 1 minute until the seeds are golden. Remove from heat and place on foil to rest while you prepare the salad.

For the salad

  1. Add some water to saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Add the broccoli and all the other salad ingredients into a bowl and toss to combine.

For the dipping sauce

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl or jar and shake or whisk to combine.

To serve

  1. Add the noodle salad between 2 serving bowls.
  2. Slice the tuna with a very sharp knife into slices about 1cm thick. Place on top of the noodle salad.

Add the dipping sauce into a small bowl and serve alongside the tuna and salad. Enjoy

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