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Seared Sesame Tuna with Orange Sauce

Is anyone starting to get that rushed feeling that you get right before the holidays? We are leaving for a pre-Thanksgiving vacation this weekend and I’ve been a busy bee trying to get everyone packed up and ready for the trip. Now, most of you know I’m a Florida girl (I was born in NY, but have lived in sunny warm FL for 22 years of my life!), so a trip into the Smokey Mountains is becoming a little overwhelming for me. I’m just not used to being in the cold. I don’t know how to dress for the cold, never mind get my little ones prepared as well. But with the help of my more “travelled” friends out there, I think I am finally ready. I really feel for those that live up north…it’s a lot of work to live in the cold! I guess I just like to be barefoot way too much to move anywhere that I have to worry about wearing boots or socks all the time! 🙂

No but really, I am so excited to take this trip. I have never been to Tennessee…haven’t seen many mountains in my life…and I am so looking forward to seeing some snow! Even more excited for my kids!

Seared Sesame Tuna with Orange Sauce

This meal has nothing to do with Tennesse or vacations or anything I just talked about. It’s just a really good meal that I made recently for my husband and I. I am trying to incorporate more fish into our regular diet and when searching for recipes using tuna (frozen and on sale!) this Cooking Light recipe caught my eye. It was delicious!

I made it more kid friendly by subbing chicken breast tenders for the fish and cooked them the same way. So the kiddies ate Sesame Chicken Tenders while we enjoyed our Sesame Tuna.

Seared Sesame Tuna with Orange Sauce(Here are the chicken tenders version…)

You may prefer the tuna a little more rare, or not. It went great with whole wheat couscous and spinach and roasted broccoli tossed in a little sesame oil and chopped garlic.

Seared Sesame Tuna with Orange Sauce

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Seared Sesame Tuna with Orange Sauce


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2/3 cup uncooked couscous
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) Bluefin tuna steaks (about 3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 2 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Bring 1 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. (I added chopped fresh spinach to the couscous and let sit covered.)
  2. While the couscous stands, heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Combine the sesame seeds, flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper. Dredge both sides of tuna steaks in the sesame seed mixture. Add the fish to pan, and cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove the fish from pan, and keep warm.
  3. While the fish cooks, combine the orange juice and the next 5 ingredients (orange juice through garlic) in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Combine 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. Serve the fish with the couscous and sauce.

Recipe from Cooking Light

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Seared Sesame Tuna with Orange Sauce


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14 comments on “Seared Sesame Tuna with Orange Sauce”

  1. Aggie-that looks just delicious! I hope you have a wonderful trip to the mountains! Sounds like a lot of fun. I think Tennessee is one of the loveliest states…it’s just very green and pretty (at least it was the time of year when I went! I don’t know what it will be like for you…have a safe trip).

  2. Looks delicious! It is 35 degrees today…boo hoo. Have a great trip!

  3. girl stay warm! I hear your pain about the cold! I hate it so much and it’s only Nov ha ha.
    Your seared tuna looks so good, I will steal this orange sauce for a chicken stir-fry. Sounds good to me

  4. What a healthy and delicious meal. My sister, who loves tuna, would really enjoy this meal.

    Have a great time in the mountains!

  5. Both versions look good to me. I love sesame anything!
    I am one of those sock and boot wearing people from the north, hehehe;) It was in the 30’s today in Rhode Island. I actually wore a hat and everything 😛
    I hope you have safe and fun trip, just bundle up and you’ll be fine!

  6. Thank you all!!

    I’ll be bundled up for sure! I bought myself a cute scarf and gloves…I never get to wear a scarf!! Winter clothes are cute! 😉

  7. I was thinking yesterday that I really wanted to try an orange sauce – not with salmon, but something else I was trying to concoct in my head. This is a perfect guide. What a timely post for me and thank you!

    Have a wonderful time. Love the mountains and the cold can be a really refreshing change. Enjoy the TN beauty!

  8. That looks so elegant! I hope you have a great trip! I’ve only been to Nashville, but I had a lot of fun there!

  9. Aggie the tuna looks great. I live smack dab in the middle of the Smokies – look me up! It will be cold this weekend and you may see some snow…your family will have a fantastic time.

  10. Seared tuna is my absolute favorite. I like it pretty raw though!! Can’t wait to try the sauce!! Have a wonderful trip!

  11. Hi Maria! I like my tuna pretty rare too, that’s how I order it in restaurants…I wasn’t sure if I trusted myself (or the tuna) at home though!! 🙂

  12. This looks really wonderful – both the chicken and the tuna! I hope you all have a wonderful vacation!!! I’m with you — it’s hard enough wrangling the little ones, even in a warm climate! I grew up in CT, but live in Bama now, and often think about how much harder it would be if we had to deal with snowsuits and boots on a regular basis. Enjoy the mountains and some brisk air!

  13. Well done, Aggie! Your tuna looks spectacular; I would gobble up every morsel. The tenders look great, too. Have a wonderful trip. The Smokey’s are beautiful! Hope you get to toss around some snowballs with your kids!

  14. Love the Tuna.
    We are going to Pigeon Forge on Christmas a Florida girl myself..I am sure I will be freezing my butt off!!!!!
    Have fun on your trip.
    I too am feeling the Holiday stress!!! Aghhhhhhh