5 from 6 votes
Spicy Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna Zucchini Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
17 mins
Piquant, sesame crusted ahi tuna served over a bed of crisp zucchini noodles loaded with fresh veggies, bright herbs, and finished with a smooth Asian flavored dressing. Ready, from prep to finish, in 20 minutes or less, this salad is perfect for lunch, dinner or entertaining!
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Keyword: ahi tuna, carrot noodles, crusted, entertaining, Healthy, sashimi, sesame, spicy, Summer, tuna, zoodles, zucchini
Servings: 4
Calories: 225 kcal
Seared Tuna:
  • 1 8-10 ounce Tuna Steak (Ahi, Yellowfin or Sashimi)*
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Ground Coriander
  • ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
  • 3 TBS Sesame Seeds – mix of both black and white
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Pepper to taste
  • 3 Large Zucchinis – ends trimmed and spiralized
  • 1 Large Carrot – julienned
  • ½ small Red Onion – thinly sliced
  • ¼ Cup Cilantro Leaves
  • 2 Scallions – thinly sliced
  • 1 Red Thai Chile - minced
  • ¼ Cup unsalted dry Roasted Peanuts – coarsely chopped
  • 1 small Lime – juiced (about 2 TBS)
  • 2 TBS Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBS Sesame Oil ,plus more for pan
  • 1 TBS Vegetable Oil
  • 1 TBS Light Brown Sugar packed
  • 1 tsp Ginger – grated
  • 1 clove Garlic – minced
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Optional Add-Ins and Garnishes: Micro Greens, Shredded Red Cabbage, Sliced Cucumber, Sliced Avocado, Spring Lettuce Mix, Sliced Mango
  1. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. For the Tuna: Season the tuna steak on all sides with chili powder, coriander, ginger, salt and pepper. Place the sesame seeds on a plate and add the tuna, gently pressing to adhere the seeds and turning to fully coat.
  3. Heat a good drizzle both olive and sesame oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the tuna and sear, about 30 seconds – 1 minute on each side depending on how cooked through you would like it. (The white sesame seeds should be slightly golden, but the inside of the tuna should be rare.) Transfer the tuna to a clean cutting board and let rest for a minute. Cut the tuna into ¼’’ thick slices.
  4. Optional: Return the sauté pan to the stove.  Add the zucchini noodles and season liberally with salt and pepper.  Cook for 3 minutes, or until warmed and al dente. Remove to bowl.
  5. To serve: Add zucchini noodles, carrot, onion, greens, cilantro, scallions and Thai chile to a bowl. Drizzle with half of the dressing and toss to combine. Arrange salad on plates and top with sliced tuna. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve with remaining dressing on the side. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

1. When consuming raw (or quickly seared) fish, it is VERY important to purchase your fish from a trusted, reputable source. Make sure you are buying fish that is safe for raw consumption and has been handled/stored properly.

2. If you like your tuna quickly seared and rare, I recommend cooking the tuna for about 1 minute per side. If you like your tuna medium-rare, bump the cooking time up to about 2 – 2 ½ minutes per side.

3. I used a mixture of both black and white sesame seeds to encrust my tuna. You can use just black or white, or a mixture of both.

4. The dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance, and stored in a tight sealed container or jar in the refrigerator. Make sure you vigorously shake or whisk the dressing before serving.

5. If you aren’t a fan of raw zucchini noodles, you can quickly sauté them as indicated in step 4 of the recipe.  Make sure you cook the "noodles" until JUST cooked through and al dente.  Also, do NOT season the zucchini noodles in advance of cooking or they will get watery!

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna Zucchini Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 612mg 26%
Potassium 831mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 76.4%
Vitamin C 56.3%
Calcium 12%
Iron 14.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.