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Sesame Seared Tuna with Fennel Apple Slaw
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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
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy Asian recipes, easy lunch recipes, quick recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 272kcal
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



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


  • Sprinkle one side of tuna steaks with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together egg and water. On a medium plate, mix together panko and both types of sesame seeds.
  • Heat peanut oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 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.


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


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.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 13g