Sesame Soy Grilled Tuna

Sesame Soy Grilled Tuna

March 29, 2024

This delicious Sesame Soy Grilled Tuna tastes just like your favorite restaurant but is made at home. Don't be intimidated to cook this easy grilled or pan seared tuna at home for a healthy and delicious dinner.

This easy grilled tuna with Asian flavors is as good as you would get in any restaurant and doesn't come with a huge price tag like the restaurant dishes normally do.

It's marinated in a simple blend of soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, green onions, and sesame oil. This adds tons of flavor to the dish without adding a heavy sauce or oil-rich marinade. It can be cooked on an outdoor grill, on a grill pan, or even pan-seared. It's so good and really couldn't be simpler to make.

Before we talk about this grilled tuna steak recipe, let's talk about the elephant in the room - cooking almost raw tuna at home. When I first made this recipe and shared it on Instagram, so many of you reported you would be scared to make this dish at home. But you shouldn't be!

As long as you are buying the right fish, you can definitely cook medium rare or rare tuna at home just like you would get in your favorite sushi restaurant.

It's easy, fast, and a really healthy option for dinner. If you prefer things cooked all the way, that's an option too. This tuna recipe will work for barely cooked tuna or fully cooked tuna.

Sesame Soy Grilled Tuna

Recipe byKristen McCaffrey of Slender Kitchen
Prep Time: 2 hours; Cook Time: 10 minutes; Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Makes 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 24 oz ahi tuna steaks (about 6 oz each piece)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, green onions, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and pepper.
  2. Marinate the tuna in this mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, two hours or more is ideal. If you can, remove the tuna from the fridge twenty minutes before cooking so it can come to room temperature.
  3. When ready to cook, remove the tuna from the marinade, brushing off any green onions. Brush the grill with oil or spray with cooking spray. Cook the tuna for about 2 minutes on each side for medium rare. For medium well, cook about 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Let rest for five minutes and slice with a sharp knife. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Nutritional Info

Calories 237; Carbohydrates 4 grams; Fat 4 grams; Protein 43 grams

Kristen McCaffrey makes a variety of healthy and delicious recipes that she shares on her website,

Sesame Soy Grilled Tuna
Kristen Mccaffrey


Kristen McCaffrey makes a variety of healthy and delicious recipes that she shares on her website, Before diving into the world of healthy cooking, she struggled to lose weight, eat well, and find a healthy balance in her life. She has always been in love with food and enjoys healthy recipe development. Kristen is passionate about cooking and creating delicious recipes that encourage other people to eat healthy. See more recipes from Kristen!
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