Sesame Seared Tuna with Fennel Apple Slaw

Sesame Seared Tuna with Fennel Apple Slaw

Tuna breaded with panko and sesame seeds is lightly seared, then served with a crunchy slaw featuring fennel, green apples, and radishes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Keyword easy Asian recipes, easy lunch recipes, quick recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 272 kcal
Author Adapted from Diabetic Living



  • 1/2 medium fennel bulb thinly sliced
  • 1 medium green apple cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 radishes thinly sliced into half moon shapes
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  • 3/4 pound yellowfin tuna approximately 2 steaks
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves



  1. Toss fennel, apples, carrots, and radishes in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, salt, and red pepper. Pour over vegetables and toss well.


  1. Sprinkle one side of tuna steaks with salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow dish, whisk together egg and water. On a medium plate, mix together panko and both types of sesame seeds.
  3. Heat peanut oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Dip both sides of tuna steaks in egg mixture, then press into panko mixture. When oil is hot, add tuna to skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip and cook about 3 minutes more. (Tuna will still be pink in the center.) Remove from skillet and cut into 1/4-inch slices.


  1. Divide spinach among 4 serving plates. Top with slaw and tuna.

Recipe Notes

You can save yourself a few carbs and skip the panko, but you'll miss out on the crunch factor.

Watching sodium? Cut back on or skip the added salt.

Gluten-free? Use gluten-free panko.