Sesame Seared Tuna with Soy Lime Noodles Recipe

Kerry Saretsky

Simple and better-than-takeout food. A bed of easy, ready-bought Asian egg noodles tossed with a light, bright sauce of soy sauce and lime juice, and studded with charred asparagus, and green onions and cilantro. On top, medium-seared tuna steak, bedecked with a sesame seed crust. This dish is in heavy rotation as the perfect weeknight dinner for two: quick, easy, light, and so good.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 2 (4- to 5-ouncetuna steaks

  • Salt and pepper

  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 (12-ounce) bunch asparagus, trimmed and quartered

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from about 2 limes

  • 1 (14-ounce) pack egg noodles, cooked according to package instructions

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 small bunch (about 1 ounce) cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. Pat the tuna dry with paper towels and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Pour the sesame seeds onto a wide plate, and coat the tuna on both sides with the seeds. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until smoking. Sear the tuna 1 minute on each side for medium doneness (30 seconds each side for rare, 90 seconds to 2 minutes per side for well-done). Transfer tuna to plate. Add the asparagus to the now-empty skillet and cook just until charred, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Just before removing the asparagus, add any sesame seeds from the plate that didn’t stick to the tuna to the pan and cook over medium heat until golden, about 30 seconds.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the soy sauce, water, and lime juice. Add the noodles, scallions, cilantro, asparagus, and toasted sesame seeds, and toss to combine. Plate the noodles. Cut each tuna steak in half, and perch on the noodles. Serve!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
907 Calories
22g Fat
85g Carbs
93g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 907
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 2321mg 101%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 93g
Vitamin C 42mg 209%
Calcium 374mg 29%
Iron 12mg 64%
Potassium 2268mg 48%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)