Enjoy a taste of the sweet life with Cooking Channel host David Rocco's simply delicious recipe for sesame tuna, so easy to make you'll hardly believe how delightfully flavorful the final product turns out!
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus additional oil as needed
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
6 tbsp sesame seeds
24 oz skinless, sushi-grade tuna fillets (TRY: ahi tuna)
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
In a medium bowl, combine carrots, mint, orange juice, salt, 1/4 cup oil and pepper flakes, if desired. Mix well and marinate at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.
On a large plate, spread sesame seeds. Season tuna with salt and black pepper, to taste. Press both sides of each tuna fillet into sesame seeds.
In a medium skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil on high. Add tuna fillet and cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 2 minutes to desired doneness. (NOTE: The USDA recommends cooking tuna to an internal temperature of 145˚F.) Repeat with remaining fillets, adding additional oil if needed. Let tuna cool slightly; then slice.
To serve, divide carrot mixture among serving plates and top with tuna slices. Drizzle with additional oil to taste.
Serving Size: 1 tuna fillet and 1/2 cup carrot mixture
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Improve Your Life: Tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds, is rich in beneficial minerals such as copper. In fact, a single serving of this recipe offers almost 30% of your daily value (DV) of the mineral. Copper plays a key role in the production of collagen – a component of bones and connective tissue – as well as hemoglobin, the main form of iron in red blood cells.