Pan Seared Tuna with Miso Dressing Recipe

Pan Seared Tuna with Miso Dressing

It’s time for another recipe from my birthday dinner! We shared this tuna dish appetizer style as part of a seafood feast, with prawns, scallops and crab. When you have quality ingredients, simpler is usually better. This is a perfect example of letting the flavour and texture of the main ingredient shine through without too much extra fussing. Basically – here’s a beautiful piece of tuna, now don’t mess it up by adding too much stuff! The light miso dressing adds a little saltiness and contrast without overwhelming the tuna. And the sesame seeds just look pretty…

Pan Seared Tuna with Miso Dressing

Here’s Tim with the details…

Pan Seared Tuna with Miso Dressing

Pan Seared Tuna with Miso Dressing

2 tablespoons of miso paste

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil (must be toasted!)

juice of ½ a lime

2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar

1 tuna steak (about 1 inch thick)

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds (toast them in a dry pan for a couple of minutes)

Combine the miso paste, honey, sesame oil, lime juice and vinegar in a bowl and whisk.  Give it a taste and adjust the seasonings.

Bring out your cast iron skillet or heavy duty pan.  Put it on medium-high heat.  Season the tuna with salt and pepper.  Add the oil to the pan, and lay the tuna into the oil.  Sear for about 1 minute on each side.  You just want a nice crust.  Remove from the pan.

Cut the tuna on a bias, place it on your serving plate, dress with the sesame dressing and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!